Jeremy England: “You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant,” England said.
If life’s beginning was a historical event rather than a natural law, it may never be possible to recover the exact sequence of steps. That would be true no matter what we believe about anything else about the universe.
Jeremy England: Far from being a freak event, finding something akin to evolving lifeforms might be quite likely in the kind of universe we inhabit – especially if we know how to look for it.
Origin of life is more fun when it is a genuine discussion rather than a speculation based on a chance finding.
If we create a great deal of fuzz around the questions, we can certainly smother any growing realization that intelligence underlies life.