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“Let us draw an arrow arbitrarily. If as we follow the arrow we find more and more of the random element in the state of the world, then the arrow is pointing towards the future; if the random element decreases the arrow points toward the past… I shall use the phrase “time’s arrow” to express this one-way property of time which has no analogue in space.
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"It is often said that all the conditions for the first production of a living organism are now present, which could ever have been present. But if (and oh what a big if) we could conceive in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia & phosphoric salts, light, heat, electricity etc. present, that a protein compound was chemically formed, ready to undergo still more complex changes, at the present day such matter would be instantly devoured, or absorbed, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed."
<div style="text-align:right;">-Arthur Eddington</div>
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<div style="text-align:right;">-Charles Darwin</div>
 
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“It was Darwin’s chief contribution, not only to Biology but to the whole of natural science, to have brought to light a process by which contingencies a priori improbable, are given in the process of time, an increasing probability, until it is their non-occurrence, rather than their occurrence, which becomes highly probable.
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"Traditional biology has tended to concentrate attention on individual organisms rather than on the biological continuum. The origin of life is thus looked for as a unique event in which an organism arises from the surrounding milieu. A more ecologically balanced point of view would examine the protoecological cycles and subsequent chemical systems that must have developed and flourished while objects resembling organisms appeared."
<div style="text-align:right;">-Ronald A. Fisher</div>
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<div style="text-align:right;">-Harold Morowitz</div>
 
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"It is often said that all the conditions for the first production of a living organism are now present, which could ever have been present. But if (and oh what a big if) we could conceive in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia & phosphoric salts, light, heat, electricity etc. present, that a protein compound was chemically formed, ready to undergo still more complex changes, at the present day such matter would be instantly devoured, or absorbed, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed."

-Charles Darwin

"Traditional biology has tended to concentrate attention on individual organisms rather than on the biological continuum. The origin of life is thus looked for as a unique event in which an organism arises from the surrounding milieu. A more ecologically balanced point of view would examine the protoecological cycles and subsequent chemical systems that must have developed and flourished while objects resembling organisms appeared."

-Harold Morowitz