On 747s, Tornadoes, and Junkyards

The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable to the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein. – Sir Fred Hoyle This is a perfect analogy. But not for what it is intended for. It suggests choosing a ridiculous hypothesis (random chance) for how a 747 might be produced and it compares that to an opinion on how probable life might have originated in the same

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What Took Us So Long?

A few years ago I had taken my family on vacation to a cabin by a lake in Maine. The mid August weather was perfect for a lakeside retreat with cool nights and dry sunlit days. Finding myself awake at midnight one night, I got up and slipped outside into the pines and walked the short distance to the shore of the lake. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a flash in sky, looking up quickly enough

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