Formal structure of a logical argument

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  1. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    you outline here
     
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  3. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    The fact that certain clays, complex chemicals in certain environments, and similar stuff, replicates itself with variations subject to selection, is well established by observation. Even the growth of snowflakes and mineral crystals from "seeds" broken off of initial formations illustrates the basic mechanism involved - you can watch it unfold in competing frost patterns on a window.

    Most focused research on what can result has been limited to investigation of possible chains abiogenesis leading directly and immediately to the living beings we see now: https://thesis.library.caltech.edu/1554/ Not too many people care very much about the complexity of the "inorganic" formations of the prebiotic planet, other than to note and deal with the difficulty of distinguishing their occasionally preserved residues from fossils of living beings in very old rock.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0022519366901780?via=ihub
    http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160823-the-idea-that-life-began-as-clay-crystals-is-50-years-old
     
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