Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
Certainly, in a context of global anxiety, this is a subject that needs to be approached with sensitivity and humility.
This is the refrain of the book: “It is all or death!” “All or nothing!” Half-solutions are no solutions at all.
Right now, within your bodies this little engine is cranking away. Without this machine, oxygen-dependent life could not exist.
It’s time now to “surrender to the data,” which as he argues, points to the works of foresight and planning in the origin of the first life.