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Can life only arise from carbon based molecules ?

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Can life only arise from carbon based molecules ?

the case of a creator page 108

"That just won't work," he insisted. "Chemistry is one of the better understood areas of science. We know that you just can't get certain atoms to stick together in sufficient number and complexity to give you large molecules like carbon can. You can't get around it. And you just can't get other types of liquids to dissolve as many different kinds of chemicals as you can with water. There's something like half a dozen different properties of both water and carbon that are optimal for life. Nothing else comes close. Silicon falls far short of carbon.

Still, we cannot rule out other forms of matter than molecules in the universe as building
blocks of complex systems. While atomic nuclei, for example, do not exhibit the diversity and
complexity seen in the way atoms assemble into molecular structures, perhaps they might be able
to do so in a universe with different properties and laws.

that is pure speculation without scientific base. Only silicon and boron, besides carbon, can serve as the basis for adequately complex molecules—molecules capable of sustaining basic life functions, such as self-replication, metabolism, and information storage. This finding presents some significant problems, however. First, silicon can hold together a string of no more than a hundred amino acids—far too short a string to accommodate any conceivable life systems and processes. Second, throughout the universe boron is less abundant than carbon; so carbon always supersedes it. Third, concentrated boron is toxic to certain life-critical reactions.

Given the vastness of the universe and the common observation of supernovae in other
galaxies, we have no reason to assume life exists only on Earth.

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