|Friedrich Wöhler chemistry|
Synthesis of urea
“I can make urea without a kidney of man or dog,” said Friedrich Wöhler. Louis Pasteur went further in claiming a chemist could create life which was not proven until 1897 when Eduard Buchner showed that enzymes from yeast could convert sugar to alcohol a biological process—fermentation— occurs without living cells.
tiny scrapers clean my dishes tiny motors pickle my cucumbers tiny screwdrivers turn grape juice to wine tiny levers convert starches to sugars and ferment the sugars to raise my buns tiny glue guns coagulate my cheese
Nothing special about life in general except that we in particular share it and a complexity that cannot be explained by chemical analysis. Life could begin again where chemicals meet by chance with photons from the sun. Achieving consciousness could be a matter of only time and degree. Even those who think a monkey has no soul could in time agree.