Joined: Nov. 2006
I don't have a problem with Whitesides' comment about what he believes (i.e. thinks) is the case for life arising by itself. I have a problem with the part where he says he has no idea. Maybe he really doesn't (I think he does, Whitesides is an expert in self-assembly) but the people who are working on OOL research do have ideas as to how it arose. They aren't fully fleshed out theories yet, mainly because they haven't amassed nearly enough data. But to say "we have no idea" is just incorrect.
With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg