Or maybe not.
From Quanta Magazine:
An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.
The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with 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.
Philosopher Laszlo Bencze says,
Wow! This explains everything! I have lost all interest in intelligent design now that I have the long lost key to creating life. I am giving up photography and becoming a scientist. I’m pretty sure I can get my hands on a group of atoms. I imagine the Edmonds Company, if it is still in business, will sell me some. The heat bath will be no problem as I can rig one on the stove. Finally, I will put some of my photography lights to work shining on the random clump of atoms in the stew pot. I imagine there will be a plant in there within a few days; but I’m willing to stick it out for several weeks because I’ve read in books that scientists have to be patient. Now that I’m a fellow scientist, I hope some of you will help set me up with a few grants so I can live in the style to which I am accustomed while my cutting edge research proceeds. By the way, I’m happy to speak about my experiment at seminars, symposia, and bar mitzvahs for the most modest of fees in the low five figures
See the Science Fictions series at your fingertips (origin of life) For the skinny on how they are really doing.
See especially: Can all the numbers for life’s origin just happen to fall into place?
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