Register | Sign In

Understanding through Discussion

EvC Forum active members: 64 (9159 total)
3 online now:
Newest Member: K.Rose
Post Volume: Total: 915,012 Year: 2,269/9,624 Month: 114/1,588 Week: 43/267 Day: 3/40 Hour: 1/2

Thread  Details

Email This Thread
Newer Topic | Older Topic
Author Topic:   The pristine question
Member (Idle past 387 days)
Posts: 20940
From: frozen wasteland
Joined: 03-23-2005

Message 9 of 17 (862656)
09-09-2019 12:22 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by ssope
09-08-2019 2:42 AM

ssope writes:
How does a chemical reaction produce a molecule that prefers one future outcome over another (life or death)
All chemical reactions have a "preferred" outcome. It is not an emotional preference or an intellectual preference. It's a myriad of tiny "decisions" like a river's "preferred" route. Rivers and chemicals generally "prefer" a particular direction because it's the easiest - i.e. it requires the least energy.
For example, H and O can combine in various ways but they generally "prefer" H-O-H rather than H-O-O-H. Chemistry is the study of those "preferred" outcomes.
Your mistake is in thinking that the chemistry of life is somehow "better" than the chemistry of non-life. The chemicals don't "choose" life over non-life. They just "choose" the easiest path.

Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of ‘not knowing.
-- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

This message is a reply to:
 Message 1 by ssope, posted 09-08-2019 2:42 AM ssope has not replied

Newer Topic | Older Topic
Jump to:

Copyright 2001-2023 by EvC Forum, All Rights Reserved

™ Version 4.2
Innovative software from Qwixotic © 2024