VOTING RESULTS

And this is the result of the voting among 50 researchers in the field, between August-November 2008.

(Note: each person could vote for up to 6 of the 14 questions from the preliminary list.)

QUESTION

VOTES

1. Contingency versus determinism

26

2. Is life an emergent property?

24

3. Heterotrophic versus autotrophic scenarios

21

4. On the origin of catalytic cycles

32

5. Origin of specific macromolecular sequences

13

6. Plausibility of the ‘RNA world’ hypothesis

23

7. Why this…and not that?

7

8. Proto-cellular world (a): gap to minimal cell?

32

9. Proto-cellular world (b): lipid-type dichotomy

21

10. Life as unity or confederacy?

20

11. Ecology and individuality

12

12. Defining the very origin of life

31

13. About the anthropic principle (AP)

5

14. Global perspective/criticism of the field

21

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