Why is there so much life?

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  1. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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    There must be something missing here because the mass of goo remains the same. How much weight of life do we have on earth at the moment? Maybe a billion tons? That didn't all come from Goo!
     
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    Don't you see, we are all cannibalizing the goo, as all that we all eat is from the goo, after all this time.
     
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    Small individual size doesn't mean that their total biomass is small.

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  7. Nasor Valued Senior Member

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    Umm....living things reproduce. So even though there probably weren't a lot of living thing at first, they kept reproducing until there were a lot of living things. What's the problem?
     
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    Nasor the problem is that life feeds from other life, name me one creature that does not feed from other life? So life must have created more life from non-living matter, what is this matter?
     
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    What do plants eat?
     
  10. IceAgeCivilizations Banned Banned

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    The same things you do.
     
  11. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    You eat air and dirt?
     
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    Occasionally.
     
  13. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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    The dirt and air of today is not like it use to be. Back in the good old days it was lifeless.
     
  14. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

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    Life (simple organisms) began wherever there was moisture and heat and it probably happened pretty rapidly on a global scale, it's pretty stupid trying to put a number on it, but even if we're talking of bacteria, on a global scale we're probably looking at trillions of tons.
     
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    How could it be Global? Conditions on earth vary greatly from one place to another.
     
  16. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    and there is life everywhere. Especially microscopic life. Every time you take a shit you dump a few hundred grams of bacteria.
     
  17. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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    At this very moment you are correct but at the start of life things were very different.
     
  18. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Over many many many years.
     
  19. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    Why? First life might have spread like greased lighting.
     
  20. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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    I am sure you are correct that it spread but how did it spread? What was converted from non-living to living to make it possible for it to grow so much? Life must have started to make life out of non-living things, what are these things?
     
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    the earth was filled with organic soup, mud, goo which just needed to be gobbled up.
     
  22. alexb123 The Amish web page is fast! Valued Senior Member

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    I guess that is what must have happened. But where is the science? Why was the goo so good that it progressed to allow such an abundance of life?

    Simple goo + (eating) simple goo = complex goo. This doesn't add up to me.
     
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    why would simple goo + simple goo equal complex goo?
     

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