Like other resources threads, idea here is mostly to provide material for people wishing to investigate the topic. Some commentary/debate is useful but please, if such discussion seems to be getting long [over 3-5 posts] create a separate thread and link to continue. =-=-= One of Nagel's criticisms in Mind & Cosmos is that no one has explained life arising from nonliving matter to his satisfaction. Do we have any good working theories on this? I heard a guy from MIT was doing the math to show that life is an inevitable outcome of the universe's starting conditions but I'll have to track that down.