Evolution I: Can Life Arise from Chemicals?

ORIGINS Magazine Seminar 6: San Diego - c. 1986 / (006)

Influenced by Newtonian inspired analyses popularized during the Enlightenment, contemporary psychologists tend to reduce consciousness to brain cell activity, which microbiologists in turn appraise in terms of chemicals, which chemists explain utilizing physics. And physicists, influenced by quantum theory, are more recently considering certain material interactions in terms of consciousness. With this apparent vicious circle in mind, Thompson examines the mechanistic approach that has deeply influenced modern science. Using his “tinker toy” argument and the incongruities involving DNA-gyrase activity, he suggests the need for a more subtle appreciation of nature.