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The Origin of the Origin of Life — 4 Comments

  1. I find it to be fascinating that “modern ideas” can often be discovered in ancient, historic thinking and philosophical reflection. Sometimes maybe we modern folks are really only attempting to dot the “i” and cross the “t”.

    • In this case, the fact is (as Khan did keep saying) “we don’t know”. I suspect that not knowing leaves a lot of room for old ideas to stick around, maybe in ways we scientists do not realize even as we are working on them. As many times as I have heard the “primordial soup” idea, I never heard about its historical antecedents — maybe because no one knew about them.

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