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The Basic Building Blocks & Origin of Life

Homology, whale evolution, antibiotic resistance, and more. These are some of the subjects, sacred to Darwinists, that receive unique treatment from our animated “Long Story Short” series. Clever, humorous, substantive, brief, “Long Story Short” now turns its attention to the origin of life — a most uncomfortable riddle for proponents of materialism.

Episode 4, “The Basic Building Blocks & the Origin of Life,” will premiere on Tuesday, August 17, at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, on YouTube. It’s just a little over 10 minutes long. You can participate in a live discussion with other viewers, including two scientists with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, geologist Casey Luskin and physicist Brian Miller. Dr. Miller has been one of our leading debaters on the subject, interacting with fellow physicist Jeremy England and others on the topic. Dr. Luskin, of course, needs no introduction.

According to a bedtime story popular with materialists, unguided forces alone can explain the coming into existence of the very first cell. Supposedly, this has been demonstrated through lab research, where under certain circumstances, life’s “building blocks” spontaneously arise. Much is left out, though, from that claim, including the need for intelligent guidance from researchers — aka, intelligent design — to produce the results that are then heralded in biology textbooks and the popular media. In this episode, “Long Story Short” poses two questions:

  • “How do these lab experiments compare to reality?”
  • “How close do these building blocks get us to life?”

The new episode of “Long Story Short” is the first in a series that will address, and gently lampoon, some widespread assertions about abiogenesis. Join us next Tuesday to learn, discuss, and enjoy!


Tuesday, August 17, 2021
6:00 PM PT


Live YouTube Premiere


John Felts

Special Guests

Casey Luskin

Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.

Brian Miller

Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Brian Miller is Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow for the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He speaks internationally on the topics of intelligent design and the impact of worldviews on society. He also has consulted on organizational development and strategic planning, and he is a technical consultant for Ideashares, a virtual incubator dedicated to bringing innovation to the marketplace.