Monthly Archives: May 2021

Physics, Evolution, Natural Selection and the Generative Power of the of Far Out of Equilibrium Dissipative Structures (Organisms), part 2

Chemists have often argued that everything is chemistry and if you don’t know about it, what can you really know of the world? A current Periodic Table, one with considerably more elements than were contained in the table from my high school chemistry days, this one including many of those transient elements created in particle accelerators. These ‘new’ elements are very unstable and breakdown rapidly. Some are thought to have existed only at the beginnings of the universe…sometimes in its first moments or during vanishingly rare exceptions. I know, this is very ‘nerdy’, but I go to the interactive table on the linked site frequently to learn about the particularities of elements of interest to me. That table responds to your questions about changing ambient conditions and their physical ‘behaviors’ and capacities for particular reactions. Check it out.

On Pattern, Chemistry and Life

Pattern builds upon pattern.  Whatever you start with effects and limits everything that follows whether we are talking about masonry bricks and stone or Eukaryotic cells and organic molecules.  A different starting point or ‘decision’ at any point in the process, effects every ‘decision’, or even possibility, there after, effects the likelihood of what is to follow, shapes the possibilities, the future, through the evolutionary process…but does not determine it.  To speculate whether other amino acid groups are theoretically possible does nothing to change the course we are on.  The capacities and characteristics of your most basic components set the stage for all that follows, the brick analogy only takes you so far.  Bricks, no matter what you do with them, are very limited in what they can create…how they will ‘behave’ when structured as a wall.  They do not, when combined into a structure, acquire properties that no single brick had before their assembly…their futures were ‘decided’ the moment they were made into bricks.  They remain bricks. Continue reading