“Heat!” –‘The Universe is Imbued with Wanting Life to Arise and Evolve’ (Today’s Top Space Headline)

 

Observes MIT biophysicist Jeremy England, who created a huge stir in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics –suggesting that under certain conditions, groups of atoms will naturally restructure themselves so as to burn more and more energy, facilitating the incessant dispersal of energy and the rise of “entropy” or disorder in the universe.

This restructuring effect, which England calls dissipation-driven adaptation, fosters the growth of complex structures, including living things. The existence of life is no mystery or lucky break, he told Natalie Wolchover
at Quanta magazine in 2014, but rather follows from general physical principles and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.”

 

 

England’s research describes a simple, simulated system of chemicals in which it is nonetheless possible for exceptional structure to spontaneously arise — the phenomenon that England sees as the driving force behind the origin of life.

“That doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to acquire that structure,” England explained. The dynamics of the system are too complicated and nonlinear to predict what will happen.

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