In the lab of Jeremy England, Harvard, since 2014, research is going on that could result in a new theory of evolution and of how ‘life’ started.
If you let sun shine on a clump of atoms they will organize in line with their ability to absorb and dispatch energy…. This is a crude way of describing the hypothesis being tested.
If confirmed, the consequences are that we finally get a definition of ‘life’ that could not be resisted by anybody and Darwin’s Evolution will be a special case of the new story. Darwin’s Evolution sees natural selection work on variation in a population and Jeremy has ideas about how this variation was created in the first place; same concept powers the whole evolutionary happening.
The borders between in- and animate life will get blurred. We are all made of the same building stones, you, me and the rocks. But some combinations are more efficient energy dispersers and they march on and increase entropy faster. Homo Sapiens is obviously at the fore front of this happening.
Of course, life in the human domain will hardly be affected at all…. most Homo Sapiens will continue to act as if she is something important in Universe, unaware and unaffected by what is really going on in objective reality. As before, however, out of all bright ideas only those with close coherence with the quantum wave dictum will prosper. Others, like Trump as a powerful decision maker or Jesus as a still more powerful opinion creator or Rome as an eternal power or 1000s more ideas and achievements in the human domain will just be like a meteor in the night sky.
And the humans can stop blaming each other for destroying their own environment. Why? Because they were made for that and nothing else. Entropy to the very end.
But while doing …. we’ll have a lot of fun.