Did life begin as a result of purely chemical processes, or is that view only a materialistic/naturalistic assumption? Discoveries in origin-of-life chemistry are announced in the popular scientific press on a regular basis. But these reports tend to be sensationalized and rarely if ever put in the perspective of the problem to be solved, which is the extreme complexity of even the simplest imaginable living cell.
This talk will present the current state of prebiotic chemistry in the context of the problem to be solved: what kinds of organic structures and what organizational processes would be necessary for a chemical origin of life to take place.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (origin of life)
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