During October 2003 a very compelling paper titled “Minimal-cell system created in laboratory by self-organization” in the journal Solitons and Fractals (vol. 18, issue 2, pp. 335-343(9) Elsevier Science). In a nutshell, a group of scientists created plasma balls that were able to grow, replicate and “communicate”. Sounds like something akin to what we know as living, yes? Actually these little transient plasma blobs fulfilled 3 of the 6 fundamental characteristics of what we call “being alive” http://www.resa.net/nasa/biology_systematics.htm
Though these plasma balls are not biological entities, they reflect ways in which nature’s laws tend to craft and organize matter into complex forms that possess basic, emergent properties we recognize as “life-like”. Indeed, it would seem that when you boil it down, these “life-ways” are essentially expressions of physical laws that govern energy transfer, utilization and transformation. When applied to biology, one quickly sees that biological and biochemical pathways are but algorithms for energy-information use, exchange and transformation; which is to say, ways of dealing with energy ebb and flow. From these pathways emerged networks, likewise a mix of successful algorithms that endured (were perpetuated across time) with little modification and those that were more heuristic (Amenable to modification).
The flowchart that follows below is of a core or fundamental algorithm that appears to operationally govern many aspects of the physical realm:
This “mechanism” is given a more detailed treatment with respect to human evolution in this article: 3 Primal Drives, Essay
Submitted for your consideration by Dr. Anthony G. Payne
© 2005 by Dr. Anthony G. Payne. All rights reserved.
"Physicists have created blobs of gaseous plasma that can grow, replicate and communicate - fulfilling most of the traditional requirements for biological cells. Without inherited material they cannot be described as alive, but the researchers believe these curious spheres may offer a radical new explanation for how life began"
system created in laboratory by self-organization
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