Because the challenge is perennial, and because we’re not all philosophers, it’s good to come back to it from time to time.
“Some may ask, ‘What is the origin of the engineers? Therefore I don’t believe that this machine has been designed.’”
After Oparin’s coacervate theory was presented in the 1920s, it was dismissed as unworkable. Now, coacervates are back in style.
The question she leaves unaddressed is why scientists would choose, despite the absence of evidence, despite the fact that the multiverse is “unobservable by assumption,” to believe in a multiverse.
Professor Tour is a personality to be reckoned with, pouring steely scorn on his colleagues who study, and mislead, about the origin of life.