Re: [humanism-174] The Descent of Man.

From: Mike
Sent on: Friday, September 13, 2013 3:24 PM
Mark,

"Self-organization" seems to be an attempt to form an explanation for the processes underlying the concept of  "spontaneous generation."  "Emergent properties" may (must) result, as must replication, in order to get "life."  These concepts are a start.  A persuasive explanation has yet to be offered.  Graham Cairns-Smith's hypothesis is interesting (http://originoflife.net/crystals/index.html) as are a few others I have read.  We are a long way from an explanation!

Mike S


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM, Mike <[address removed]> wrote:
Stephen Hawking just used it on NPR Science Friday!

Mike S


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:

Ha! The 3rd comment is golden-

"He forgot #20, in which the hominids beget a god and deny that steps 1-18 ever existed."

Re: Mike- perhaps "spontaneous generation" isn't a good term for it anymore, maybe it should be thought of as patterns of self-organization, emergence and self-replication.

On Sep 13,[masked]:18 PM, "Mike" <[address removed]> wrote:
While I will admit to close friends that I am a supernatural/spirituality "Denier," RNA/DNA and the origin of life via spontaneous generation has puzzled me lately.  Some problems are very difficult to solve, I suppose.

Mike S



On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM, Debbi <[address removed]> wrote:
 
 I came across this at Dawkins site and found it wonderful, I may print and frame.
 
 
http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/9/13/the-descent-of-man#




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