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Comment author: APMason 07 November 2011 12:37:43AM 10 points [-]

The notion that the string would immediately fold into a precise shape every time you throw it, is the same as the notion that a protein would fold into a precise shape, very quickly, every time you make it. And yet that is what proteins do. And we have no reductionistic explanation that fits the facts.

Doesn't that just demonstrate that the protein-to-magnet-string analogy wasn't a very good one in the first place?