The cell: teleology, chemistry, origins of life; Perry Marshall, Denis Noble, Lee Cronin

An excerpt from the “Unbelievable?” podcast entitled “Can chemistry solve the origin of life? Perry Marshall, Denis Noble and Lee Cronin”

Professor Noble explains that the cell is a teleological structure because it knows how to copy itself. He asserts that DNA could not have been at the beginning because DNA is inert and requires activation by the rest of the cell system.

Teleology is the explanation of phenomena in terms of the purpose they serve rather than of the cause by which they arise.

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