Monthly Archives: July 2011

Origins2011: fossils from Mars – avoiding the ‘awkward issue’

Fossils from Mars – are astrobiologists avoiding the ‘awkward issue’ ? Science writer and editor at the Washington Post, Marc Kaufman placed the institutionalising and expansion of modern astrobiology as starting with NASA’s 1996 announcement of evidence for life from the … Continue reading

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Astrobiology = mainstream science, not protoscience

Astrobiology is mainstream Science, but String theory only emerging ‘Protoscience’ Prasanta Bandyopadhyay and colleagues at the interface between Astrobiology & Philosophy, at Montana State University, have responded to the criticism of their Origins 2011 Poster. Astrobiology is to be seen … Continue reading

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Physicists’ crits of String Theory

Wikipedia summarises String theory as an active research mathematical framework in particle physics that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity (GR). It is a contender for the theory of everything (TOE), a manner of describing the known fundamental forces … Continue reading

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Origins2011: Denial of panspermia to Europa

Several moons of the giant planets that are substantially of ice possess probable internal oceans if they have internal heating sources (Kevin Hand; 7a-1).  Concerned to argue their biology would be independent and therefore novel, he dismissed panspermia from Earth.  … Continue reading

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Origins2011: Challenge to Astrobiology as Science

Who dares question astrobiology as science? The challenge to Astrobiology as science in Poster P9-6 appears misconceived.  First, it  is not an “emerging science” but an assemblage of scientific  disciplines covering emergence and evolution of life in the universe (cf. … Continue reading

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Origins2011: extending Darwin to inanimate systems…..

Addy Pross (L1b-1)argued to reformulate Darwininan theory in physico-chemical terms for systems with energy input (non-thermodynamic) and diversification (as Darwin’s principle of divergence). He inferred from this a concept of Dynamic Kinetic Stability which amounts to a driver to complexification … Continue reading

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Origins2011 – dialogue on Origin of Life

Panel open dialogue on Origin of Life – Monday 4 July, 6.30pm  Gerald Joyce expanded the concept to include Mars etc. and amino-acids from meteorites. Yet (as I said) the galaxy existed for 9 Gyr pre-solar and the solar nebula … Continue reading

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