Leading lights in origin-of-life research share their work and thoughts in a series of open-access articles about chemical evolution.
Philosophical questions like who we are and where we came from are surely worth considering. But nothing in these documents will bring students closer to being able to do so in an informed manner.
The news from NASA today, undeniably of some mild interest, is being overblown.
Complexity (such as we see in a pile of autumn leaves) can arise spontaneously from unguided natural processes, but complex specified information cannot.
The complexity and sophistication of life cannot originate from non-biological matter under any scenario, over any expanse of space and time, however vast.