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At some point a particularly remarkable molecule was formed by accident. We will call it the Replicator. It may not have been the biggest or the most complex molecule around, but it had the extraordinary property of being able to create copies of itself. -- Richard Dawkins, The Selfish GeneNotice the words. Remarkable. Extraordinary. Accident. thud.
Question for Richard: How does he know this molecule he posits really formed? Mere speculation? Because naturalism is assumed, and a naturalistic explanation demands it?
Second Question for Richard: How does he know it was by accident? How can Richard know whether this molecule, if indeed it formed at all, formed by accident or by the wilful act of an Agent? Is stating that it was by accident actual science, philosophy, or just-plain wishful thinking?
Science, philosophy, speculation, just plain wishful thinking?