James Shapiro’s recent paper points out, with examples, that bacteria meet the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of “cognitive.”
The story includes the neo-Darwinian modern synthesis and the extended evolutionary synthesis, culminating in a 2016 meeting of the Royal Society.
“How close are we to understanding the origin of life?” a radio moderator asked atheist biologist Richard Dawkins.
After Oparin’s coacervate theory was presented in the 1920s, it was dismissed as unworkable. Now, coacervates are back in style.