Epigenetics is surpassing genetics in distinction, just as the pianist gets the applause and not the piano.
Some of the panicky AI-will-take-over-the-world talk grows out of seductive optics — that is, the AI packaging.
“Abiogenesis” seems to draw its strength from pseudo-scientific folk-beliefs that life could somehow be made to emerge from non-life.
Neil Thomas explores some of the cultural influences that primed society to view the leap from non-life to life as easily made.
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.