I've been thinking about the development of life on this planet as seen by the scientific community vs. biblical creationist accounts, specifically Intelligent Design or Creator theories. Upon reading the book Chaos, by James Gleick, and other books, it has become apparent to me that chaotic processes are everywhere. Simply looking out the window, everything you lay eyes on exhibits fractal patterns, the signiture of the chaotic process. Even man-made objects, when viewed from certain microscopic frames of reference exhibit fractal patterns. (i.e., the hood of a car looks smooth, but on a microscopic level it is bumpy and fractal) It seems plausible to me that at some point in the earth's history, some chemical reaction occurred, and formed simple amino acids. These simple amino acids began to reproduce, or reiterate upon themselves over and over. Very small differences in any of these iterations would eventually lead to divergent strains of the amino acids. Some of those strains' structures would be well suited to their enviornment and would continue reproducing, and others would not, and would die out. Over a period of billions of years, as the reiterative process has continued to evolve, these amino acids have developed into cellular organisms with greater and greater complexity. So today, you can look out the window and be astounded by the vast complexity of the world outside. To me this is a much more plausible and defensible history of life than the absurd, contradiction-riddled biblical scriptures. Are there any serious scientific inquiries into this line of thinking? I know that Chaos theory is often viewed as a red-headed stepchild by classical physicists and other scientists. Yet this idea seems so powerful. What do you think? btw I hope this is in the right forum.