A "new" thermodynamic theory of life


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Jan22-14, 10:57 AM
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Interesting idea...

The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.
https://www.simonsfoundation.org/qua...heory-of-life/

The peer-reviewed paper, published in AIP: Journal of Chemical Physics:

Statistical physics of self-replication
http://www.englandlab.com/uploads/7/...013jcpsrep.pdf
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Jan22-14, 11:54 AM
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Interesting idea...



https://www.simonsfoundation.org/qua...heory-of-life/

The peer-reviewed paper, published in AIP: Journal of Chemical Physics:

Statistical physics of self-replication
http://www.englandlab.com/uploads/7/...013jcpsrep.pdf
I have not read it yet but is it basically explaining how chemistry becomes biology (how non life can become life)?
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Jan22-14, 12:05 PM
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Yes, but (I think) more generally, about how organized structure can emerge from ensembles of matter.

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A "new" thermodynamic theory of life


If this were true, it would be massively important. I am very curious to see how the experiments the one guy is thinking of turn out.
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Jan23-14, 02:49 PM
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... living things ... tend to be much better at capturing energy from their environment and dissipating that energy as heat.
Does this mean that we are the peak of evolutionary radiators?

Anyways, I agree. This is interesting.

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ps. I would like to thank the PF gods for getting rid of the philosophy forum before this revelation was presented.


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