Unjustified Leap

Watch this funny video to the end, history of the entire world. It tells the history of the earth as a series of “ponctuated equilibriums”; long eras of stability connected with quick leaps, phase transition.

From all the major leaps mentioned here (that are allegedly self-organized) I can believe in the autonomy of the most farfetched ones, the least imaginable transitions:

– I can buy that cells decided to benefit from the economy of scale and thus shaped organs and animals so quickly to the extreme extent of the Cambrian explosion (2′:51″).

– Similarly I can believe that the technological singularity (19′:17″) that we are experiencing live, is taking place on its own. You may call it the artificial super-intelligence, the transcendental object or as in this video “the thing inventor inventor”. It is currently unfolding before our eyes and it doesn’t seem to be guided remotely. By a typical interventionist conscious God, through any dashboard or something equivalent.

– It is also believable that the sudden increase in the brain size of the human ape and the advent of the double-articulated language (and thus the human mind – 4′:11″) happened without an alien intrusion.

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But there is one mysterious transition. A leap too strange to claim it has emerged on its own and on the surface of this planet:

– The geological to biological transformation of the earth (2′:17″). How come as the planet cooled down (and became in a sense fertile) cells appeared so quickly? Every good story that I have heard skips over this leap, ignores the magnitude of such transition and fast forwards to the next.

How did cells – such extremely complicated machines – evolve on a geological planet like ours? Where did the instruction sheet of all living organisms appear through rocks? All that advanced DNA computation and dataflows, the advent of life, where did they come from and how did it form?

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I guess we can just decode one of the deepest archetypes for further investigation and say perhaps:

Mother Earth ain’t a virgin!

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