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Famous Quotes (Isaac Asimov)

June 9, 2006

We can make inspired guesses, but we don’t know for certain what physical and chemical properties of the planet’s crust, its ocean and its atmosphere made it so conducive to such a sudden appearance of life. We are not certain about the amount and forms of energy that permeated the environment in the planet’s early days. Thus the problem that scientists face is how to explain the suddenness in which life appeared on this young (4.6 billion year old) planet earth. In the nineteenth century, scientists first began to accept the concept of biological evolution and to dismiss the possibility that life had been created in its present complexity by some supernatural agency. That raised the question of how this extraordinary phenomenon called life could possibly have come to be by accident.

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) American Author and Biochemist

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