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Comment author: Dojan 02 December 2011 08:34:32PM *  1 point [-]

Consider protein folding. A good rough approximation model of a protein is a string with a hundred magnets tied to it.

Now throw the string up into the air.

Now watch what happens. (Biased chains, starting @ 4:30.)

Its not a string of magnets, sure, but the same principle applies. The fact that we can't explain how something happens, doesn't mean that it doesn't have an explanation.

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