How can life and intelligence emerge from chaos?

Watch the second episode of our animated Frankenstein series, Reanimation!

Produced in partnership with ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

Reanimation! is a seven-part series created by seven animation teams and 12 scientists, writers, engineers, physicists, and an archaeologist, on the lasting impact of Shelley’s famous work. 

Each episode waxes poetic about different scientific, ethical, and philosophical domains and the lessons we’ve collectively learned from Dr. Frankenstein’s mistakes and triumphs.

In this second episode, Organization from Chaos, Sara Imari Walker, a theoretical physicist and astrobiologist at Arizona State University, and Caleb Scharf, an exoplanetary scientist and astrobiologist at Columbia University, discuss how intelligence and life may have emerged from chaos. We might not be able to recognize life other than our own, and this presents a philosophical and scientific challenge to humans in the universe. Animated by ARC, a beautiful animation studio created by Angela Phillips and Phoebe Halstead with sound by Skillbard.