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Exploring the frontiers: When biological materials behave like glass


From Suzan Mazur in a profile of and interview with computational biologist Lisa Manning at Oscillations:

A half dozen or so years ago, Carl Woese and Nigel Goldenfeld characterized biology as the new condensed matter physics. More recently, Eugene Koonin advised “biology has to become the new condensed matter physics”. It’s an area of scientific research that is indeed ramping up, and not a moment too soon, after decades of puffery about a so-called selfish gene. But what exactly is meant by “the new condensed matter physics”? I decided to contact Syracuse University physicist Lisa Manning to help sort it all out in a conversation that follows.

The promo for your upcoming Simons Foundation lecture titled: “A Body Made of Glass” notes “self-organization is governed not only by biochemical signaling but also by collective mechanical interactions between cells” and that “such interactions cause biological material to behave as glassy ‘living materials’ near a fluid-solid transition.” Can you give me a sneak preview of your upcoming Simons talk about how cells “tune their stickiness” to get the job done? More.

The trouble with the selfish gene is that it was a philosophical theory about how genes behave and what we really need is more evidence.

Suzan Mazur is the author of The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing “the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin”
The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing 'the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin'

See also: Suzan Mazur has some hard questions for NASA “astrovirology” expert Ken Stedman

I like her thinking, she sounds brilliant. Making biological tissues into a meta meta-material to make medicine more of an engineering discipline. I just wonder if she'll be able to separate the theoretic from the axiomatic. LocalMinimum
as to:
Suzan Mazur: I’d like to first ask you about something Jack Szostak told me about making a protocell. Szostak said the self-organization aspect is really not understood, “how you get molecules to work together and act like a cell.” Thoughts about that? Lisa Manning: From my limited understanding of protocells, that makes sense. My focus is more on understanding the first multicellular structures. I’m a scale up from that question. But at that level the same exact analysis applies. As you know, single cells have been around for billions of years, almost as long as the Earth has been in existence, while multicellularity is a very late evolutionary phenomenon. Happening roughly 600 million years ago. The question is: What is the self-organization that allows cells to group to form functional structures?
She admitted that no Darwinist has a clue how cells form from molecules and also admitted they have no clue how cells form functional structures??? Are Darwinists allowed to admit such things in public and not get fired??? Of somewhat related interest, although it is extremely difficult for man to entangled enough particles together in order to build a robust quantum computer that does not lose the entangled states of qubits,,,
As of 2018, the development of actual quantum computers is still in its infancy,,, A small 20-qubit quantum computer exists and is available for experiments via the IBM quantum experience project.,,, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_computing
,,, biological molecules, on the other hand, seemingly have no difficulty whatsoever in maintaining quantum entanglement even in the presence of aggressive background noise. That this extreme order is maintained in the 'noise' of biological organisms composed of tens of trillions of cells, each with approx. a billion molecules, is nothing short of miraculous. In fact, finding non-local, beyond space and time, quantum entanglement in molecular biology, on such a massive scale, falsifies the entire reductive materialistic foundation of neo-Darwinian evolution. And also provides fairly compelling evidence for the physical reality of the immaterial soul in the process.
Darwinian Materialism vs. Quantum Biology - video https://youtu.be/LHdD2Am1g5Y
Of related note to the 'miracle' of a single cell turning into a living organism composed of tens of trillions of cells, is this video:
Darwinism vs Biological Form - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyNzNPgjM4w

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