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December 15th, 2014 by Joel Watts

an enLightening new theory on the origin of life?

Motion of gas molecules Español: Animación mos...

Motion of gas molecules  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a new, interesting, theory on the origin of life:

“You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant,” England said….

….“This means clumps of atoms surrounded by a bath at some temperature, like the atmosphere or the ocean, should tend over time to arrange themselves to resonate better and better with the sources of mechanical, electromagnetic or chemical work in their environments,” England explained.

via Groundbreaking Idea Of Life’s Origin – Business Insider.

I do not make a habit out of examining science by what it can do for theology — yet, this new theory is very interesting given the focus on light and other external forces. I mean, theologically speaking. I’m just glad the article broke it down the way it did.

If — IF — if I am reading this correctly, then the potential for Life is found in every atom of the universe.



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Panentheism for the win!

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


One Response to “an enLightening new theory on the origin of life?”
  1. Since there’s not much activity here lately, might as well add something, to stir the pot. Personally, I don’t see anything new here, although I like to see people working the issue, especially trying to put some math into it. But nothing new so far. Non-equilibrium state, energy added, pockets of negative entropy form (by negative entropy, I mean decreasing entropy, not absolute value entropy, since I think by definition it is positive). Gravity present (force, i.e. energy) wherever matter is present, slightly unequal distribution of matter after the Big Bang, thus matter coelesces into lumps that become stars. The stars ignite into fusion machines producing their own energy source, by two hydrogen atoms (1 proton each), creating helium (2 protons), which happen to be more complex than the original two hydrogen atoms (ergo, first state more random than second state), so negative entropy realized in this particular pocket of the universe. Maybe I’m wrong, but seems to be a property of our universe. Matter tends to want to form pockets of negative entropy. All it needs is non-equilibrium, and energy; in my example, gravity, which is present everywhere. But that is all the math of this lecture shows. Same for matter coelescing into the planets. I’d like to see them bring in dark energy and dark matter, and see how they handle that. But maybe I’m totally wrong.

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