Re: A Confusing Example

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    > >>>
    >DNA and protein are far too complex to have existed at the beginning of
    >life. Check out *Seven Clues to the Origin of Life,* by A. G.
    >Most likely, the original organisms were based on clay crystals rather than
    >nucleic acids. Later, when the framework was in place, the clay was
    >gradually replaced by the more efficient nucleic acids.
    >You seem to be suggesting a vitalistic conception of life based around
    >complexity. The "elan vital" that animates living things is their
    >complexity. Life is a product of molecular complexity, while consciousness
    >is a product of neural complexity. If this were true, machines would
    >to life once we've sufficiently complexified them.
    >I'm afraid it's not that simple.
    Another good book on the beginnings of life is Vital Dust: Life as a Cosmic
    Imperative by Christian de Duve, Nobel Laureate.


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