Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 849–857 | Cite as

Life's Solution

Inevitable humans in a lonely universe – Simon Conway Morris
  • Eörs Szathmáry
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  • Eörs Szathmáry
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  1. 1.Collegium BudapestBudapestHungary

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