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July 16, 2007


Fascinating. We came into being to perpetuate the Krebs Cycle? And why not? The "reason" for life, if there indeed is one, doesn't have to be exalted. Serving an infinite god's will is no more gratifying than being chained to an endless chemical pathway.

I am sending the link to Eric Smith's talk to a couple of science bloggers. Let's see what they have to say.

Thanks, Ruchira. I'll be very interested to hear thoughts from people who still live closer to this subject matter.

The science bloggers are not biting .. yet. Will get back to you if I hear back from any of them.

Some of the science blog email accounts were acting up. I did hear back from a couple. They have not much light to shed except to say, "anything is possible or plausible in this chicken & egg story." One of them wrote the following:

I haven't watched the whole thing, but it is plausible though I think it will take a while for anyone to push this far. The Santa Fe Institute has a reputation for forwarding really neat ideas which are hard to advance because of issues of tractability. In other words, they aren't cranks, but how do you prove 'em right?

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Books by Namit Arora

  • “Namit Arora does for Silicon Valley what Tom Wolfe did for Wall Street in The Bonfire of the Vanities: with keen eye and sharp wit, he captures the culture and mores of the place. But Arora is funnier. And sweeter.” —S. Abbas Raza, Editor, 3QD.

  • The Lottery of Birth reveals Namit Arora to be one of our finest critics. In a raucous public sphere marked by blame and recrimination, these essays announce a bracing sensibility, as compassionate as it is curious, intelligent and nuanced.” —Pankaj Mishra

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