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    I'd be a little careful about picking a fight with the fundies on this one. We have no idea, and by no idea I mean uncertain to maybe a factor of 10^100, of what is the probability is of life getting started on an Earth-like planet. Its existence here is an example of the ultimate in observation bias- nobody is observing where there's no life.

    That doesn't mean there's a problem with naturalistic origins of life, just that the denominator in the probability expression is enormous if not infinite. Even if life is very, very sparse, it'll show up somewhere.

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