Addy Pross is a Chemist at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He’s author of “What is Life: How Chemistry Becomes Biology” by Oxford University Press. Here we enjoyed a great conversation about his specialty, Systems Chemistry, a new branch of science that enables us to build complex networks of chemical reactions like those found inside of cells.
We explore the unanswered questions that continue to perplex scientists of all kinds.
Referencing the Evolution 2.0 Prize: “The largest basic research science prize in history is still on offer for the demonstration of a natural origin of genetic code from chemical organization.”
–Nature Evolution and Ecology, “The early origin of cooperation” by Joana Xavier
Joana Xavier is an Origin Of Life researcher at the Institute for Molecular Evolution, Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has published numerous papers on life’s origin.
This is Perry Marshall and I’m long overdue to mention a really great book that came out not too long ago. It’s called The Works of His Hands by Sy Garte.
Sy is a molecular biologist that I met at some science meetings in the last few years. Probably a couple years ago he sent me a manuscript of this book and I read it. I was like, “Dude, you have to get this book published with a good publisher, and you need to really do this justice because this is way above average.”
This is a science and faith book, but it is not like most. In my opinion, most science and faith books are a little starchy or a little too sentimental or they have bad science or whatever. This one was a real gem.
Sy has had some very high-level positions in biology, including government research. He and I really kind of hit it off, but I don’t think I’m being excessively subjective in liking his book.
One of the things that we have in common is we are both fans of the extended synthesis, which is a complete revision of neo-Darwinism, and I think a far, far better theory than whatever everybody is reading about in the texbooks. He’s done a lot of work in this area, and so we speak the same language.
The way that he puts together the science world and the spiritual world is really very well-done, artful, and quite beautiful. He has a level of transparency that’s just really rare in books like this. A lot of times they’re very propeller-head, but he’s also a guy with a big heart.
It’s a fascinating story with a lot of great science woven in, and a lot of fantastic points that he makes and observations, not just in biology but across a lot of disciplines of science. He’s a very well-read guy.
If you are inclined to appreciate this sort of a book, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best that’s come out in the last 10 years. You can order it off Amazon, here.
Michael Behe infuriated traditional Darwinists with his concept of irreducible complexity more than 20 years ago.
He argues instead for Intelligent Design. But what does ID really mean? Is it a puff of smoke? A perfectly executed pool shot at the start of the Big Bang? External intervention at various points along the way? Intrinsic cellular intelligence?
Perry Marshall and Michael Behe discuss where to draw the dotted line.
This is a discussion between me, one of the world’s most renowned physiologists, Denis Noble, and Lee Cronin who is from the University of Glasgow. He is one of the leading research chemists in the world and is increasingly involved in Origin of Life research. Here, we outline some of the unsolved problems and Lee Cronin gives an overview of his approach. Lee indicated that he believes he has solved the information problem and can win the Evolution 2.0 Prize. We await his submission. Meanwhile, enjoy this cordial and wide-ranging conversation.
“If you’ve heard the name “Perry Marshall” before, it probably wasn’t in the context of science. Neither was it likely to be in the context of religion, either. Marshall attained money and fame by being very, very good at marketing. He’s one of the most recognized gurus in a field saturated with them—and over the years, he’s taught hundreds of thousands of people how to grow big businesses, including the founders of FanDuel and InfusionSoft.
But his latest venture is a little different …
Marshall’s new project is called Evolution 2.0, and from what he says, it will fundamentally change the way we look at the world around us—regardless of whether we’re religious or not, or how much we’ve looked into the question of evolution.
He insists both religion and science have missed fundamentals about life’s origins and the relationship between science and engineering. That the world is more complex and beautiful than we ever dreamed. I was fascinated and decided to interview him.
What he told me only whet my appetite even more …”