Steven Novella, a scientist committed to puncturing science hype, seems to have fallen for the hype surrounding this laboratory work.
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
Alexander Oparin’s 1924 prediction that origin-of-life research would be solved “very, very soon” hasn’t quite turned out right.
The media narrative goes on, and the scientists, when they protest, direct their protests not so much at the media as at the skeptics and mavericks, such as Tour himself.
We may think that we’re untouched by trends in thinking that go on far away. In a science lab or a science classroom, for instance. But that’s wrong.