Evolutionists often quote Miller's Experiment
as evidence of the correctness of their claim that life formed by
chance in primordial earth conditions. However, the experiment,
which was carried out some 50 years ago, has lost its scientific
implication due to the discoveries that followed.
American chemist Stanley Miller conducted an
experiment in 1953 to support the scenario of molecular evolution.
Miller assumed that the primordial earth atmosphere was composed
of methane, ammonia, and hydrogen gases. He combined these gases
in an experiment set-up and gave electricity to the mixture. Almost
a week later, he observed that some amino acids formed in this mixture.
This discovery aroused great excitement among
evolutionists. In the next twenty years, some evolutionists, such
as Sydney Fox and Cyril Ponnamperuma, attempted to develop Miller's
Miller claimed that he strictly reproduced the primordial
atmosphere conditions in his experiment. However, the gases
Miller used in his experiment were not even remotely comparable
to the real primordial earth conditions. Moreover, Miller
had interfered in the experiment with purposeful mechanisms.
In fact, with this experiment, he himself refuted the evolutionist
claims that amino acids could have formed spontaneously in
Inspired by Miller's scenario, evolutionists conducted
different experiments in the years that followed. Sydney
Fox produced the molecules seen in the picture, "proteinoids"
as he called them, by combining some amino acids. These
useless amino acid chains had nothing to do with real proteins
that constitute the bodies of living things. Actually, all
these efforts not only showed that life did not come about
by coincidence, but also that it could not be reproduced
in laboratory conditions.
The discoveries made in the 1970's repudiated
these evolutionist attempts known as "primordial atmosphere
experiments". It was revealed that the "methane-ammonia
based primordial atmosphere model" Miller proposed and other
evolutionists accepted was absolutely fallacious. Miller chose these
gases on purpose, because they were very convenient for the formation
of amino acids. Scientific discoveries, on the other hand, showed
that the primordial atmosphere was composed of nitrogen, carbon
dioxide and water vapour.14
This atmosphere model was by no means suitable for the formation
of amino acids. Moreover, it was understood that a great amount
of oxygen naturally occurred in the primordial atmosphere.15
This, too, invalidated the scenario of the evolutionists, because
free oxygen would obviously decompose amino acids.
Today, Miller too accepts that
his 1953 experiment was very far from explaining the origin
As a result of these discoveries, the scientific
community acknowledged in the 1980's that Miller's Experiment and
other "primordial atmosphere experiments" that followed
it have no meaning at all. After a long silence, Miller also confessed
that the atmosphere medium he used was unrealistic.16
What's more, this whole fuss was simply about
"amino acid formation". Even if amino acids had formed,
it is impossible for these simple organic molecules to give rise
to extremely complex structures such as proteins by chance and produce
a living cell which even mankind is unable to reproduce in laboratories
The fifty years that have passed since Miller's
time have only served to further display the despair the theory
of evolution faces at the molecular level.
WHY IS THE EXPERIMENT INVALID?
He used methane, ammonia, and water vapour
in the experiment.
Primitive earth contained carbon dioxide
and nitrogen instead of methane and ammonia.
Ferris and Chen from the USA repeated the
experiment with the gases that existed at that time. Not even
one amino acid was obtained.
He assumed oxygen to be non-existent in
the primitive atmosphere.
Findings show that there was a huge amount
of free oxygen in the primitive atmosphere.
With such an amount of free oxygen available,
the amino acids would have broken down, even if they could
have been formed.
There was a special mechanism set up to
synthesize the amino acids in the experiment. This mechanism,
called the "Cold Trap", isolated the amino acids from the
environment as soon as they were formed and preserved them.
It was impossible for these kinds of mechanisms
to have existed in nature. Under natural conditions, amino
acids are exposed to all kinds of external destructive factors.
If the mechanism known as the "Cold Trap"
had not existed, the spark source and other chemicals released
during the experiment would have destroyed the amino acids.
P. Ferris, C. T. Chen, "Photochemistry of Methane, Nitrogen, and Water
Mixture As a Model for the Atmosphere of the Primitive Earth", Journal
of American Chemical Society, Vol 97:11, 1975, p. 2964.
15- "New Evidence on Evolution of Early Atmosphere
and Life", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol 63,
November 1982, p. 1328-1330
16- "Life's Crucible", Earth, February 1998, p. 34