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The Cloud

An older post connected to my most recent post.

The Asifoscope

The cloud of gas and dust from which the solar system arose was more complex than you might think. Consider you had to write down a complete description of it, a theory from which all its properties could be derived.

You are not done with describing its shape, density distribution and composition. You might think that would describe the cloud completely but, as we will see, it was much, much more complex, because it could evolve.

You would have to describe the planets that formed from it and the sun. Or even all the alternative planetary systems that could have developed out of it and all the planets that could have formed, with their complete geological and meteorological histories.

You would have to describe how life arose, an autocatalytic network of different types of molecules from which living cells eventually arose, because this life could arise on a planet forming…

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