About two weeks ago, a Discovery Institute colleague asked me to retrieve a paper for him from the journal
. He had run across its title in a literature search, and the topic sounded interesting. As soon as I read the paper's abstract, my pulse quickened -- and then, when I read the paper itself, I immediately emailed a circle of co-workers (who share research ideas) to tell them about the paper's tremendous significance.
Here's why we can't stop talking about this publication -- and why you should pay attention too.
Explaining a Very Wise Observation Richard Dawkins Once Made
From time to time, Richard Dawkins says wise and insightful things. Seriously -- no sarcasm intended. Among his wisest statements is the following observation from
The Blind Watchmaker
(italics in the original):
It is true that there are quite a number of ways of making a living -- flying, swimming, swinging through the trees, and so on. But, however many ways there may be of being alive, it is certain that there are vastly more ways of being dead, or rather not alive. You may throw cells together at random, over and over again for a billion years, and not once will you get a conglomeration that flies or swims or burrows or runs, or does anything, even badly, that could remotely be construed as working to keep itself alive. (1987, p. 9)
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