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dc.contributor.authorBains, William
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-03T18:53:42Z
dc.date.available2020-06-03T18:53:42Z
dc.date.issued2020-02
dc.date.submitted2019-10
dc.identifier.issn2075-1729
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/125661
dc.description.abstractDavid Deamer has written another book, Assembling Life, on the origin of life. It is unapologetically polemic, presenting Deamer’s view that life originated in fresh water hydrothermal fields on volcanic islands on early Earth, arguing that this provided a unique environment not just for organic chemistry but for the self-assembling structure that drive that chemistry and form the basis of structure in life. It is worth reading, it is an advance in the field, but is it convincing? I argue that the Origin of Life field as a whole is unconvincing, generating results in Toy Domains that cannot be scaled to any real world scenario. I suggest that, by analogy with the history of artificial intelligence and solar astronomy, we need much more scale, and fundamentally new ideas, to take the field forward. Keywords: origin of life; hydrothermal; alkaline vent; Copernican principle; toy domainen_US
dc.publisherMDPIen_US
dc.relation.isversionof10.3390/life10020018en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licenseen_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.sourceMDPIen_US
dc.titleGetting beyond the toy domain: meditations on David Deamer’s “Assembling Life”en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationBains, William, "Getting beyond the toy domain: meditations on David Deamer’s 'Assembling Life.'" Life 10, 12 (Feb. 2020): no. 18 doi 10.3390/life10020018 ©2020 Author(s)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciencesen_US
dc.relation.journalLifeen_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/BookReviewen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.date.submission2020-03-05T15:12:49Z
mit.journal.volume10en_US
mit.journal.issue12en_US
mit.licensePUBLISHER_CC


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