Origin of Life: Scientific Perspective


Name Email Phone
Bill Eisinger weisinger@scu.edu 408-386-7632

One of the great questions pondered by theologians, philosophers and scientists is the origin of life. Darwin proposed that all life began with a single cell. How did that cell originate – spontaneous generation? Where was that cell originally formed - the ocean, thermal vents, outer space? During the twentieth century a number of scientists were able to create in their labs many of the chemicals found in cells. Other labs were able to create ‘proto-cells’ that showed remarkable cell-like properties. However, many intriguing questions remain about how life began on earth. Dr. Bill Eisinger and guest lectures will explore and discuss these topics and more.


 Oak Park Place (Enter from  618 Jupiter Dr.)

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

 10:00 AM to Noon

Start Date

 Sept 28, 2018

End Date

 Oct 26, 2018


 Regular participation and discussion

Class Size

 No limits, open to all

Class notes

No pre-enrollment required.

# of Sessions: 5

Course Syllabus: Origin of Life

Additional Readings: Cells within cells, Analog Life, Protocells, Panspermia 


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