Re: poly: Cosmological revolutions

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Thu Jul 16 1998 - 11:31:30 PDT

Richard Schroeppel wrote:
>I would add one more data point to "we're in for a cosmological
>revolution": the existence of life.
>The most plausible model for the origin of life is that it requires
>10^100+ chemical trials for the right combination of circumstances
>to occur.
>If the universe is a mere 20GY old, that isn't enough time.

If the universe is open and infinite in spatial extent, isn't that
enough to provide as many reactions as you like? Or do you require
a *sequence* of that many trials?

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-2627
Received on Thu Jul 16 18:37:56 1998

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