Origins of life

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 287–298 | Cite as

Chance and the origin of life

  • Edward Argyle


Random chemical reactions in the Earth's primitive hydrosphere could have generated no more than 200 bits of information, whereas the first Darwinian organism must have encoded about a million bits, and therefore could not have arisen by chance. This information gap is bridged by separating reproduction from organism, and postulating a reproductive chemical community that would generate information by proto-Darwinian evolution. The information content of the initial comunity could have been as low as 160 bits, and its evolution might have led to the first Darwinian cell.


Organic Chemistry Geochemistry Information Content Chemical Community Random Chemical 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Argyle
    • 1
  1. 1.Dominion Radio Astrophysical ObservatoryNational Research Council Canada, Herzberg Institute of AstrophysicsPentictonCanada

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