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In Search of Cell HistoryThe Evolution of Life's Building Blocks$
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Franklin M. Harold

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226174143

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226174310.001.0001

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Summing Up

Summing Up

Journey without Maps

(p.215) Chapter Twelve Summing Up
In Search of Cell History

Franklin M. Harold

University of Chicago Press

This final chapter tries to assess what we have learned and where we may be going. The discussion revolves around four topics: A tentative narrative of cell history; the enigma of life's origin; the causes of evolution's lumbering progress towards greater complexity, autonomy and agency; and whether evolution has direction or purpose.

Keywords:   cell history, enigmatic origint, progress, autonomy, direction, life in the cosmos

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