This Guy Could Change the Way We Think About Evolution

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This Guy Could Change the Way We Think About Evolution Empty This Guy Could Change the Way We Think About Evolution

Post by Lurker on Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:08 pm

http://www.ozy.com/rising-stars/the-man-who-may-one-up-darwin/39217?utm_source=NH&utm_medium=pp&utm_campaign=pp


The 101 version of his big idea is this: Under the right conditions, a random group of atoms will self-organize, unbidden, to more effectively use energy. Over time and with just the right amount of, say, sunlight, a cluster of atoms could come remarkably close to what we call life. In fact, here’s a thought: Some things we consider inanimate actually may already be “alive.” It all depends on how we define life, something England’s work might prompt us to reconsider. “People think of the origin of life as being a rare process,” says Vijay Pande, a Stanford chemistry professor. “Jeremy’s proposal makes life a consequence of physical laws, not something random.”
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