Everything is Scale-Dependent: “Something Universal is Going on…”(G. West – physics applied to biology)

''Everything around us is scale dependent... It's woven into the fabric of the universe... It is truly amazing because life is easily the most complex of complex systems,... 'But in spite of this, it has this absurdly simple scaling law. Something universal is going on ...” Johnson (1999, ‘New York Times’ 12th January, excerpts taken…

NATURE’S 1st LIQUID CRYSTAL (QUANTUM) COMPUTERS?

This is a preview of Chapter Three from forthcoming book on Evolution by Other Means...? CHAPTER THREE Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith (Born 1931) THE POSSIBLE ORIGINS OF NATURE’S FIRST CRYSTALINE (QUANTUM) COMPUTERS   Cairns-Smith is a Scottish molecular biologist and organic chemist and his crystalline origins theory leads on naturally from the previous chapters, as it…

Another predictable Scaling Law?

Leading on from last week's discussion of universal scaling laws within Nature, brings us to yet another seemingly universal phenomenon; a  recurrent and predictable embedded pattern,  formulated  and traditionally associated with the experimental agriculturalist Max Kleiber. His theory relates to the apparent predictable ¾ power laws where metabolic rate and mass are plotted for a…

Everything Grows (evolves?) according to the universal growth curve

Continuing on from last week's focus on D’Arcy Thompson’s alternative evolutionary understanding - universal scaling laws, which are finding strong scientific support in more recent times, particularly within the field of physics and its application to biological systems, as noted previously: D'Arcy Thompson's belief that a broader approach to the bigger questions would produce  exciting,…