Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Freeman J. Dyson on the mystery of the origin of life


Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Physics and Astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Natural Sciences, acknowledges the mystery of the origin of life in the face of all the fancy claims postulated by scientists (H/T: Uncommon Descent):
"The origin of life is the deepest mystery in the whole of science. Many books and learned papers have been written about it, but it remains a mystery. There is an enormous gap between the simplest living cell and the most complicated naturally occurring mixture of nonliving chemicals. We have no idea when and how and where this gap was crossed. We only know that it was crossed somehow, either on Earth or on Mars or in some other place from which the ancestors of life on Earth might have come."
(Freeman J. Dyson, A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe [USA: University of Virginia Press, 2010], p. 104. Emphasis added.)

2 comments:

Martin Yee said...

Hi Sze Zeng,

Interesting. May can try asking Siri what is the meaning of life? See
http://tv.slashgear.com/i-am-siri-on-iphone-4s-1909/

:)
Martin

Sze Zeng said...

Wow.. looks like some kind of artificial intelligence.