the abiotic scale

10:13 | 13-09-2014 | Biology, Lifeform, Politics | No Comments

ну, и надо ли говорить — в свете последних событий, — что мне это напоминает:

The key idea in [Christoph] Adami’s formulation is that living systems do not exist in a state of thermodynamic equilibrium but somehow maintain themselves in a state that differs from maximum entropy by a deficit that is equivalent to the information they contain. A characteristic feature of living systems is that they can maintain this difference indefinitely.


One important property turns out to be the size of the difference in entropy between a non-living system and a living system. When this difference is large, the likelihood of finding a molecule or set of molecules that can act as self replicators is vanishingly small.


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