Remembering a random choice kills alternatives (reply to comment on “21st century: what is life from the perspective of physics?”)
Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institutskaya str. 3, Pushchino, Moscow Region, 142290, Russian Federation
In his comment [Usp. Fiz. Nauk 181 449 (2011) (Phys. Usp. 54 429 (2011))] on my paper [Usp. Fiz. Nauk 180 337 (2010) (Phys. Usp. 53 327 (2010))], A V Melkikh raises the question of the initial conditions for the appearance of life on our planet. He suggests that the origin of life is a purposeful process. I believe that life is due to a memorized random selection. It is what is taken as the initial postulate which determines the understanding of how life emerged and evolved on our planet.