And then did we, the Most High Scientists, decide that life may have “been forged in a quantum crucible.”(1) Not to be outdone by our fellow believers in Naturalism, the venerable biologists, we physicists did decide to weigh in on the matter of life’s beginning.
Erving Schrödinger, the fellow who did imagine a cat being dead and not dead at the same time,(2) did also imagine other things about life. Some 65 years later, do we weigh in on the issue.
Now, while some silly folk (i.e., creationists) do make wildly erroneous calculations about the probability of abiogenesis, we’ll give you a calculation in order to promote our theory. We’ll deny it if the creationists do try to use it (Praise Science).
But we do now focus in on one molecular machine, the ribosome, that protein factory of the cell that is capable of producing even more ribosomes.(3)
So we did calculate that there could be 4165 possible primitive ribozyme structures based on 165 DNA base pair sequences. We do know that most of these would not be self-replicators.
“That’s more than the number of electrons in the universe,” he says. What’s more, life came about relatively soon after the planet formed, he says. “The puzzle is not only how life emerged, but how it emerged so fast.”
We shall now engage in a bit of anthropomorphism, (4) forgive us (Praise Science). But do realize that it is completely naturalistic, and God is not needed. Quantum processes did sort through and discard unwanted structures. We’re certain you’ll have no problem with our use of the terms of “sort” and “unwanted” with regards to nature. So, we do now think, that multiple mutated configurations did exist simultaneously (just like the cat was dead and un-dead a the same time). This simultaneous existence of configurations allowed for the testing of a range of possibilities. We do now know that quantum effects are a bit finicky; however, we do believe that they could act at the bottom of the Ocean (Praise Science).
Davies also finds the idea promising. “These guys may have found a niche where quantum magic really could be at work,” he says. “But it is conjecture at this stage, just as all ideas for the origin of life are.”
We do also know that you know that when we use the term “magic” we don’t mean anything by it. We certainly don’t mean “non-material” (Praise Science). Once the configurations were sorted out and selected, the struture would become fixed, and unavailable to quantum effects.
(2). Schrödinger’s Cat
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