Suzan Mazur continues to impress, as a science writer who is seriously trying to understand origin of life questions.
Her recent book is The Origin of Life Circus, much recommended by Uncommon Descent News if you want to get up to speed on the questions.
It was Stuart Newman who was the first of the Altenberg 16 scientists I discussed developments with following the Extended Synthesis symposium in 2008 at Konrad Lorenz Institute, a meeting I was barred from attending for having gotten out in front of the event with a series of stories and an e-book — showcased on these pages — in which I interviewed evolutionary thinkers who had also not been invited to Altenberg. And over the last half dozen or so years, I’ve had many rich, off-the-record (if such a thing still exists) phone conversations with Stuart Newman about everything from ancient art to deep politics to origin of life and life in general.
Suzan Mazur: Some scientists say we need a whole new language to reflect the reality of non-linear evolution. What are your thoughts?
Stuart Newman: Non-linear means that you can’t look at straight lines of descent anymore because viruses and other entities are coming in at all stages of evolution. Classically this — horizontal transfer — has been considered a rare thing. With the new understanding of what viruses can do, the non-linear approach becomes much more prominent.
See also: Key issues in origin of life studies
See also: Senior NASA origin of life scientist on a research thesis that smacks of “creationism” (Podhorille: “the answer to origin of life is not about a thermodynamic factor — which Pohorille says smacks of creationism.” )
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