Egg reassembly machine? Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Do We Know How Life Began? Not Really February 8, 2013 We know a great deal about life and its pre-biotic precursors. But do we now understand how life is built from non-life? This is still an open question. Philospher Alva Noë considers this state of affairs in the context of the storm of controversy surrounding Thomas Nagel's book.