The Origin and Evolution of Life: On the Theory of Action, Reaction and Interaction of Energy

The Origin and Evolution of Life: On the Theory of Action, Reaction and Interaction of Energy

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The Origin and Evolution of Life: On the Theory of Action, Reaction and Interaction of Energy

The Origin and Evolution of Life: On the Theory of Action, Reaction and Interaction of Energy

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Four questions as to the origin of life. Vitalism or mechanism? Creation or evolution? Law or chance? The energy concept of life. Newton's laws of motion. Action and reaction. Interaction. The four complexes of energy. Darwin's law of Natural Selection.

WE may introduce this great subject by putting to ourselves four leading questions: First, Is life upon the earth something new? Second, Does life evolution externally resemble stellar evolution? Third, Is there evidence that similar internal physicochemical laws prevail in life evolution and in lifeless evolution? Fourth, Are life forms the result of law or of chance?

FOUR QUESTIONS AS TO THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

Our first question is one which has not yet been answered by science, although there are two opinions regarding it. Does the origin of life represent the beginning of something new in the cosmos, or does it represent the continuation and evolution of forms of matter and energy already found in the earth, in the sun, and in the other stars?

The traditional opinion is that something new entered this and possibly other planets with the appearance of life; this view is also involved in all the older and newer hypotheses . . .

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