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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.

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PACS: 01.70.+w, 87.23.Kg (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0181.201104p.0451
Citation: Ivanitskii G R "Remembering a random choice kills alternatives (reply to comment on "21st century: what is life from the perspective of physics?")" Phys. Usp. 54 431–433 (2011)
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Received: 20th, August 2010, 15th, September 2010

Оригинал: Иваницкий Г Р «Запоминание случайного выбора уничтожает альтернативы (ответ на комментарий к статье ‘XXI век: что такое жизнь с точки зрения физики’)» УФН 181 451–454 (2011); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0181.201104p.0451

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