It is possible that there is no surviving evidence anywhere on Earth of our planet’s first life.
Certainly, there is no logical reason why life should be wedded to the transcendental value of beauty.
Imagine that you are an astronomer on a world with one moon. It is always night on your world, and the moon is the only body in the sky.
I remember watching the Apollo moon landings on TV from 1969 to 1972 as a child.
It was a dark and stormy night in Seattle yesterday until, I noticed, just when Mike Behe was scheduled to speak.