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Is life supernatural?
Author(s): Gilbert V. Levin
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Paper Abstract

The big question of the origin of life is examined. The paradox created by Pasteur’s resounding edict: Life only comes from life, pitted against the need for spontaneous generation is explored. This seemingly dead-end conundrum contrasts sharply with the great progress we have made in understanding the evolution of the species since Darwin’s revolutionary insight. The conditions and sources of energy that might have promoted non-living molecules and compounds to cross the sharp line from inert to living are contemplated. Abiotic synthesis might help explain the origin, but still fails to explain the moment of vitalization. A different approach to discovering when the inert becomes alive is proposed. The need for, and a way to bring forth, a “Bio-Einstein” to solve this penultimate question of life’s origin are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2015
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9606, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII, 960603 (11 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2191443
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Gilbert V. Levin, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Univ. of Buckingham (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9606:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XVII
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Nalin C. Wickramasinghe, Editor(s)

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