Joined: Oct. 2012
An earlier mentioned (and now very long) Reddit thread with someone who says they are involved in computer science led to my having to challenge them with the origin of life aquarium experiment I long ago mentioned, which (where not properly scrubbing out hydrogen cyanide gas) has a tiny chance of exploding, a little, but if they were willing to take the risk then so was I. Seems to be easy enough to make it so at most a cork safely pops off a flask. As can be expected they already made up their mind that what is shown in the illustration is like James Tour said a lie, and don't want to try it for themselves:
There are test strips that can be placed inside. With enough dampness they should change color in response to atmospheric concentration. According to PubMed hydrogen cyanide is a human (a substance formed in or necessary for metabolism) metabolite. Detectable amounts might not be overly harmful, or able to accumulate in tissues.
A slow moving tilt table or occasional tilting would add wet/dry cycles. Where not overly large the vessel could be placed in a refrigerator to chill, then under a heat lamp to warm. Biggest danger can be simulating lightning, but a safe classroom sized Van De Graaff Generator might work by placing next to the vessel, with at most one wire through top to make mini lightning strike water or land surface. Since there should be an iron source at the bottom it's possible to use a metal plate for the base of a vessel. Lack of oxygen should help prevent rusting, and later a sample of whatever forms at its surface can be scraped off with a razor blade. If it's actually safe to perform then local universities could yearly offer to lab test results and supply next years consumables, like one of a variety of testing strips to place inside atmosphere.
It would be a shame for "Mr. Gary" to not at least follow up on this idea. Help constructing the experiment is welcomed.
The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.