This work represents, in a metaphorical way, the emergence of what’s called life, from what’s called non-life. This mystifying reality that life is an emergent property of non-living chemistries, and that intelligent life is an emergent property of unintelligent life, must force us to consider the larger picture for our species, what we want, and where we want to go. Considering the rate at which we are obliterating species and their habitats, we should use this view of the bigger picture to think about the priorities we want to set this year, decade, century, and millennium. The fact is that life is emergent in the universe but the universe is utterly indifferent – because it’s not life. This should make us wary of potential pitfalls, but also wonder about the plateaus of possibility that lie ahead, those that lay beyond, and who we might meet when we get there.
Origins of Life research, the quest for Genesis, is one of the most important pursuits that science is undertaking.