Life: Full house! Lonely planet? (Three Big Questions)
Where once there were no species on Earth, there are today five to ten million. Information coded in DNA, a "cybernetic" molecule makes possible a creative upflow of life struggling through turnover of species and resulting in more diverse and complex forms of life, producing a wonderland of biodiversity. Life is ever "conserved," biologists might say; life is perpetually "redeemed," theologians might say. Is such creative evolutionary natural history probable, improbably, lucky, random, ordered, disordered, inevitable? Is wonderland Earth a lonely planet? What of the human responsibility to ...
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