Richard Dawkins on the "Origin of Life in the Universe"

Richard Dawkins -well-known Oxford evolutionary biologist talking on the appearance of life on Earth and the evolutionary procedure in his characteristic The Ancestor's Tale: "The universe could so easily have remained lifeless and simple -just physics and chemistry, just the scattered dust of the cosmic explosion that gave birth to time and space. The fact that it did not -the fact that life evolved out of literally nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing -is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice. And even that is not the end of the matter. Not only did evolution happen: it eventually led to beings capable of comprehending the process by which they comprehend it." It's no coincidence that we see stars in the sky, says Dawkins. They are a vital part of any universe proficient of producing us. But, as Dawkins highlights, that does not mean that stars occurs in demand to make us. “It is just that without stars there would be no atoms heavier than lithium in the periodic table," Dawkins wrote in The Ancestors Tale -- A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution, "and a chemistry of only three elements is too impoverished to support life. Seeing is the kind of activity that can go on only in the kind of universe where what you see is stars."
Image of the first galaxy by http://horus.ita.uni-heidelberg.de/research/klessen/current/pom/?lang=en



It was expectable, for instance, that eyes and ears would grow in different species, and they had prepared so freely numerous times over, Dawkins said. "Natural selection is the great engine of the predictable side of life, but it cannot start without certain prerequisites." He said "There are billions and billions of planets out there, so there could be millions of planets that have life on them, but the origin of life could still be a staggeringly good stroke of luck," Dawkins said that logic of thankfulness had established as a vital part of human societies. This intended humans had an irresistible desire to give thanks, even when there was no-one to give thanks to and this, partly, had given upsurge to religion. Dawkins sees himself by way of a "religious non-believer” who’s profession has turned around Darwin's opinion that all was 'produced by laws performing around us' labelled so strongly by Darwin in the Origin of the Species:

"Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving -- namely, the production of the higher animals -- directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

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