In the beginning, the Earth was soaked in a rich but lifeless ocean of organic chemicals. Energy and nutrients abounded, but life could not spontaneou

The Rise of the Garden Empires

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2022-09-21 18:30:13

In the beginning, the Earth was soaked in a rich but lifeless ocean of organic chemicals. Energy and nutrients abounded, but life could not spontaneously generate without living germs. It all just sat there, uncorrupted, for perhaps a hundred million years. But our world wasn’t made to be barren. Given enough time, life finds a way. Like a warm ocean of milk, no matter how ultra-pasteurized, the primordial soup wanted to rot. The ensuing growth of living intelligence would soon remake the world over and over. 

At first, the rot was just chains of naturally occurring nucleic acid—or something like it—which could slightly catalyze their own replication. But once you have replication, you have evolution. Many generations later, the most successful of these self-copying strings were catalyzing and manipulating other useful processes in the surrounding soup. A crude but living agency was born into the world.

Nucleic acid replicator evolution had generated an intelligent life force, which accumulated revealed wisdom over time to master the world around it, constructing humble but purposeful order. 

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