Energy, entropy and the human enterprise

Thinking humans - an unlikely product of dead matter

As thinking humans we are all the unlikely product of dead matter. Some time ago, and for reasons still poorly understood, the dead matter of which we are made got lucky. After exploring innumerable dead ends, long chain molecules eventually emerged which could manufacture near exact copies of themselves. This was no mean feat for dead matter, since the act of replication could both store and transmit information, accelerating the process of self-organisation.