We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
—Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
"Know Yourself", said Socrates (or was it Plato or Plato's translator). Don't lose yourself in translation. Knowledge is deeply personal, know yourself.
The Lighthouse in Virginia
In the Q4-2018 edition of Quaternion Correlations (sadly discontinued), Carl Sagan was featured as the second featured thought leader. I only briefly brought up the concept of Panspermia, which, along with Abiogenesis are leading the pack in terms of general scientific consensus. Reducing the conversation of the Universe to its origins is only part of the story. The beginning of biological life is only would be a mistake but I want to take a few moments to tell you about what we think the origin more or less, o sepi to poli.
Have you heard of Stanley Miller? Of course you have and if you haven't you should Google him, right now. Dissecting the Wikipedia page and you will find out that Stanley made ground breaking discoveries, described as the "father of prebiotic chemistry".
Bada JL, Lazcano A. Stanley L. Miller (1930-2007): A Biographical Memoir (PDF). National Academy of Sciences (USA). pp. 1–40. ↩︎
Lazcano A, Bada JL (2007). "Stanley L. Miller (1930-2007): reflections and remembrances". Orig Life Evol Biosph. 38 (5): 373–381. doi:10.1007/s11084-008-9145-2. PMID 18726708. ↩︎
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