Knocking on the Door of Life

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    That's right, evolution and natural selection among self-replicating RNA....

    Getting closer...

    Journal reference:
    Science Daily, Jan. 10, 2009

    1. Lincoln et al. Self-Sustained Replication of an RNA Enzyme. Science, Jan 8, 2009; DOI: 10.1126/science.1167856
     
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    In organic chemistry molecules often get more complex rather than less complex.

    Why...it's almost as though here on earth carbon atoms got a pass from the ironclad universal law of entropy, isn't it?

    I supect that the universe is overrun with lifeforms ranging in complexity from self replicating soups that eat themselves to people sitting in front of computer screens pondering how life began and more.
     
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    From what I have read of the research on abiogenisis, the problem is not finding a possible path and environment in which life originated, but finding which path it actually used. Yes, the laws of the universe seem to favor the formation of life.
     
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    Not at all. Entropy only applies to a closed system,- the universe as a whole

    impossible without time travel, at least via any means yet pondered. That's like asking someone to prove scientifically thaat Abraham Lincoln existed
     
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    Yep, was it a small warm pond, ocean rift zone, sea shore environement where a rift comes onshore, or some other environment that we are just not looking at yet. Or all of the above at differant times in the evolution from non-life to life?
     

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