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April 20, 2005

Life, the universe, and everything

I have recently been watching Stephen Hawking's series 'Universe', and found the following concept rather confusing.

One of the scientists said that 'we have more mastery of the rules that govern the universe' than of those that govern the mechanisms and changes of life on this earth. Others said that the universe is easier to understand because it is SIMPLER than living systems. Now, as a biochemist I am vividly aware of the complexity of life (particularly when I have to cram lots of it into my blonde brain in order to pass exams), but isn't the idea paradoxical? How can the universe be intrinsically less complex than the living organisms that form a part of it? How can you define things as being more or less complex when they are made up of the same fundamental building blocks?

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