Author: Paul Nelson
Why AlphaFold Has Not Solved the Protein-Folding Problem
The online database AlphaFold represents an amazing breakthrough by any measure of the word “breakthrough.”
Carl Sagan: “An Intelligence That Antedates the Universe”
It’s the evidence from Sagan’s fiction and other popular writing that is especially provocative.
Troubles with the Tree of Life
Sixty years ago, philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn listed what he described as the “symptoms” of a research field undergoing destabilizing change.
Sara Walker and Her Crew Publish the Most Interesting Biology Paper of 2022 (So Far, Anyway)
Universal functional requirements, but without the identity of material components — sounds like design.
Prebiotic Muffins and an Air of Unreality
There is a cookbook being proposed for “prebiotic soup recipes” — that is, combinations of non-living chemicals plausibly present on the early Earth.