I work a grave shift security job with cargo pilots. A few weeks ago, one from my school shared with me that he had finally finished his doctoral dissertation. It’s entitled The non-ending search for a pre-DNA replicator: Richard Dawkins and the problem of abiogenesis. Dr. Fryar surveys the history of how Dawkins has grappled with the initial emergence of life throughout his career. In short, biologists have no explanation for how life initially arose. There is an astronomical gap of complexity which must be crossed in that first step, and no naturalistic model to date can account for this mysterious organization. The dissertation is a fascinating read and can be accessed online here.