To: Kirby Nixon Dec2193 21:33:00 Subject: Fundi, ICR Junk Saturday December 18 1993, Kirby
From: C. J. Henshaw
To: Kirby Nixon Dec-21-93 21:33:00
Subject: Fundi, ICR Junk
Saturday December 18 1993, Kirby Nixon writes to Derek Clayton:
KN>> "preserve themselves through endless reproduction, evolved to crank out
KN>> more and more complex life-forms. This rise of complexity seems to
KN>> violate a fundamental law - that randomness tends to increase in nature"?
KN>> (Quotes from: "Discover" magazine, August 1992; "Molding the metabolism"
KN>> by David H. Freedman, pg 36.)
KN> BUT, if he continues much longer I think I'm going to have to.
Don't even think about it a moment longer. I have ALL issues of _Discover_
from '84 to the present in my paper archives.
The quote in question is actually on page 38:
"Imagine, for example, how the first primative cells, carrying simple
`instructions' to preserve themselves through endless reproduction, evolved to
crank out more and more complex life-forms. The rise in complexity seems to
violate a fundmental law -- that randomness tends to increase in nature -- but
Prigogine and Eigen developed mathematical methods that demostrated how
mixtures of simple chemicals could self-organize without violating this law.
"The key, Prigogine realized, was the chemicals' ability to pull in raw
materials and energy from the environment, which they used to construct and
repair their compex forms." [Remainder of paragraph omitted]
Now, which fundi was it who posted the out of context quote?
--- GEcho 1.00
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