Of course the jury is still out on his claim that is based on what looks like a fossil with no nitrogen in it.
Going from that to life on earth does involve a huge leap of imagination, not to forget credulity. For, terrestrial intelligence, or TI, does not tick at all without nitrogen. So, is it safer to stick with a sons-of-the-soil theory of Genesis? In this, God 'formed man of the dust of the ground', says the Bible, 'and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul'.
Now an artist of the calibre of Michelangelo may have found that act of creation too workman-like, too down to earth or dust, though it was poetic in its breezy, soulful way, says the polymath Raymond Tallis in his latest book. Else, why did the Italian master depict the most important event in the history of the universe, asks Tallis, with two fingers separated by a small gap? Michelangelo's famous fresco on the Sistine Chapel shows God almost touching Adam's languid left hand index finger with his own index finger.
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