„A junkyard contains all the bits and pieces of a Boeing 747, dismembered and in disarray. A whirlwind happens to blow through the yard. What is the chance that after its passage a fully assembled 747, ready to fly, will be found standing there? So small as to be negligible, even if a tornado were to blow through enough junkyards to fill the whole Universe.“

—  Fred Hoyle, Arguing that living organisms could not have arisen by chance alone. The Intelligent Universe (1983), p. 19
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