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Aristotle, the great categoriser, distinguished life from non-life mainly by the tendency of living things to be drawn towards a future goal.

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Since particles of matter follow physics not goals, the inner drive of organisms is not fundamental but  emergent from evolutionarily demanding arrangement of matter.

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Since particles of matter follow physics not goals, the inner drive of organisms demands a top-down explanation.

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Darwin knew that his theory of evolution explains how life got diverse  and not how it started in the first place. So he named his book ‘The Origin of Species’ instead of  “The Origin of Life.”

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We still need a new Darwin to write “The Origin of Life” or “The Origin of Matter”.

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“One might as well speculate on the origin of matter.”

-Charles Darwin

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Editing the genes of embryos will  change our species’ evolutionary trajectory.

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Though gene-editting  can improve the human race, the strengths of our diversity might be lost.

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Gene-editting might violate the rights of already vulnerable populations.

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Humility is the acknowledgement of our ignorance. Gene-editting demands humility to ensure its risks are heeded.

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Gene-editting  demands altruism to ensure its benefits are equitably distributed.

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Darwinian evolution is an entropic phenomenon.


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