Neil Thomas explores some of the cultural influences that primed society to view the leap from non-life to life as easily made.
According to a bedtime story popular with materialists, unguided forces alone can explain the coming into existence of the very first cell.
Brian Miller discusses the Levinthal paradox of the interactome, the long odds of blind processes assembling the first cell, and the challenge of cell death.
Also in this surprisingly accessible mix — feedback loops, physicist Jeremy England, and much more.
They cover abiogenesis and “Natural Selection of the Gaps,” systems biology, design triangulation, whether life could arise anywhere without design, and more.