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A NASA review of Suzan Mazur’s Origin of Life Circus


Origin of Life Circus Here:

One of the most fascinating sections of the book is “Circus Toy Models” where Mazur interviews those scientists involved with efforts to make life in the lab – from Jack Szostak and Matt Powner to Vincent Noireaux and Albert Libchaber to Steen Rasmussen and Norm Packard. Mazur also chats with James Simons (“Impresario Extraordinaire”) whose Simons Foundation is now seriously bankrolling origins research, including protocell development.

In Rethinking the Circus, i.e., the origin and evolution of life, Mazur talks with the late Carl Woese, and also with Nigel Goldenfeld – who calls for a consensus on what life is. Pier Luigi Luisi, who thinks we need all new origin of life “mindstorms.” And astrophysicist Piet Hut, who suggests that young scientists should consider a career in origin of life research over say, particle physics, and start organizing origins conferences. More.

Suzan Mazur The Origin of Life Circus

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Of related interest, we now have fairly good evidence for photosynthesis being on earth as long as it has been possible for photosynthetic life to be on earth:
The Sudden Appearance Of Life On Earth (3.9 billion years ago) – video https://vimeo.com/92413648 Iron in Primeval Seas Rusted by Bacteria – Apr. 23, 2013 Excerpt: The oldest known iron ores were deposited in the Precambrian period and are up to four billion years old (the Earth itself is estimated to be about 4.6 billion years old). ,,, This research not only provides the first clear evidence that microorganisms were directly involved in the deposition of Earth’s oldest iron formations; it also indicates that large populations of oxygen-producing cyanobacteria were at work in the shallow areas of the ancient oceans, while deeper water still reached by the light (the photic zone) tended to be populated by anoxyenic or micro-aerophilic iron-oxidizing bacteria which formed the iron deposits.,,, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423110750.htm Life’s history in iron – Nov. 7, 2014 Excerpt: A new study examines how Earth’s oldest iron formations could have been formed before oxygenic photosynthesis played a role in oxidizing iron.,,, Microorganisms that photosynthesize in the absence of oxygen assimilate carbon by using iron oxide (Fe(II)) as an electron donor instead of water. While oxygenic photosynthesis produces oxygen in the atmosphere (in the form of dioxygen), anoxygenic photosynthesis adds an electron to Fe(II) to produce Fe(III). “In other words, they oxidize the iron,” explains Pecoits. “This finding is very important because it implies that this metabolism was already active back in the early Archean (ca. 3.8 Byr-ago).” http://phys.org/news/2014-11-life-history-iron.html
Moreover, in what I find to be a very fascinating discovery, it is found that photosynthetic life uses ‘non-local’, beyond space and time, quantum mechanical principles to accomplish photosynthesis. At the 21:00 minute mark of the following video, Dr Suarez explains why photosynthesis needs a ‘non-local’, beyond space and time, cause to explain its effect:
Nonlocality of Photosynthesis – Antoine Suarez – video – 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhMrrmlTXl4&feature=player_detailpage#t=1268s Quantum Mechanics Explains Efficiency of Photosynthesis – Jan. 9, 2014 Excerpt: ,,,said Alexandra Olaya-Castro (UCL Physics & Astronomy), supervisor and co-author of the research. “We found that the properties of some of the chromophore vibrations that assist energy transfer during photosynthesis can never be described with classical laws, and moreover, this non-classical behaviour enhances the efficiency of the energy transfer.”,,, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140109092008.htm
Whereas materialists have no clue how to explain how non-local photosynthesis is possible, as a Theist, I have a non-local, beyond space and time, cause to appeal to to explain non-local photosynthesis:
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Toby Mac (In The Light) – music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_MpGRQRrP0
Of supplemental note: If these scientists are truly interested in how you get life from that which is dead, I suggest they look to One who defeated death and came back to life:
Acts 2:24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Shroud Of Turin - Photographic Negative - 3D Hologram - The Lamb - video https://vimeo.com/122495080 Detailed Forensic Evidence of The Shroud - video Excerpt: "it is definitely an anatomically and forensically correct depiction of a victim of a Roman crucifixion." http://www.shroud-enigma.com/wall_1/autopsy/turin-shroud-forensic-pathology.html Turin Shroud: a medical forensic study of its blood marks and image - G.Lavoie - May 2010 Abstract - From extensive analytical studies of the Shroud of Turin we know that the image is not man-made, and from medical forensic studies of the blood marks we know that a crucified man was laid out on his back and wrapped in this cloth. But the question still remains as to what caused the shroud image. A forensic evaluation of the blood marks and a study of the effect of gravity on surface anatomy suggest that a natural event is not the most probable cause of shroud image formation. http://www.acheiropoietos.info/proceedings/LavoieWeb.pdf
The NASA reviewer, Adrian Bejan, has a very interesting approach to understanding design in nature, and his ideas seem to be increasingly influential.
The tectonic plates are rapidly shifting in science. . . Mazur’s book is also a reminder for me that the origin and evolution of life is a natural phenomenon of physics. This physics phenomenon calls for its own law of physics.
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Mazur faced a lot of obstacles and addressed them honourably in trying to provide an account of how things are changing.
She's one of my favorites and she doesn't necessarily support ID (I don't think). She unravels the scientific jargon and does a great job in exposing what scientists really think. And she shows a lot of courage in the face of hostility. Silver Asiatic
Upright Biped at 1, mental vomit, as you put it, is all Darwin's followers can usually manage now. I am naturally annoyed when they attempt to slime one of the genuinely decent science journalists in the United States. Someone who is really trying to cover the story. Mazur faced a lot of obstacles and addressed them honourably in trying to provide an account of how things are changing. News
A nice review from Bejan posted on a NASA group site ... it kind of shines the light on rvb8's recent mental vomit he laid on Susan Mazur. Buffoon. Upright BiPed

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