What is the origin of life? It’s a question scientists, philosophers and theologians have debated for centuries. If you believe one widely accepted scientific theory, life on Earth was one big happy accident, overcoming the astronomical odds against it. But a new notion is rocking the scientific world, claiming that's not the case at all.
Jeremy England is a physics professor at MIT who says life coming on Earth was rational, predictable and really bound to happen.
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