Clearly, the questions he and I have discussed are not only of scientific or academic interest, but instead go to the root of life’s meaning and purpose.
Also in this surprisingly accessible mix — feedback loops, physicist Jeremy England, and much more.
A reader must ask if an RNA molecule could possibly govern chemical reactions, suppress free-riders, support co-operators, and act in its own self-interest.
The most promising candidate for a “natural engine” is proton flows across thermal vents that theoretically could generate high-energy molecules.
The piece is highly technical and mathematical, but the basic argument can be quickly summarized with only a marginal loss of technical accuracy.