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It is pretty simple once you understand all the concepts. However It is a lot harder to explain to someone, and I do not know what level of biology
Couple things that may help you.
1. We cant think of evolution only in terms of life, but of all matter. The evolution of matter. When the universe started it was just hydrogen and
helium. Through fusion in stars, new elements were made and could then interact with each other. To continue this step further, the "chemical" soup
of early was NOT inert, but rather very active. Complex chains of molecules and compounds were continually forming and deforming, almost "testing"
every possible combination. some combinations last longer than others. Some combinations are capable of autocatalysis or replication of molecular
2. Life is nothing more than a complex set of chemical reactions. Every reaction that happens in cells, which are responsible for life, are also
capable of happening without a cell, so long as the preconditions are right.
If you look at respiration and how our bodies transport oxygen around, it is nothing more than a complex form of rust (although in biology, the Oxygen
and Iron are never allowed to come into contact but are seperated by a sheath.
3. the chemistry of life is POLAR. (think of magnets). All of these compounds and elements will have overall charges, and/or have different charges
on different ends. and like magnets, if their orientation is correct, they will join each other or repel.
I have a lot more stuff I could discuss with you. but trust me. It is very possible for life to have formed with no outside help with just the things
we know now.
"Now, an international team has discovered that under the right conditions, particles of inorganic dust can become organised into helical structures.
These structures can then interact with each other in ways that are usually associated with organic compounds and life itself.
V.N. Tsytovich of the General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science, in Moscow, working with colleagues there and at the Max-Planck Institute
for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany and the University of Sydney, Australia, has studied the behaviour of complex mixtures of inorganic
materials in a plasma. Plasma is essentially the fourth state of matter beyond solid, liquid and gas, in which electrons are torn from atoms leaving
behind a miasma of charged particles.
Until now, physicists assumed that there could be little organisation in such a cloud of particles. However, Tsytovich and his colleagues
demonstrated, using a computer model of molecular dynamics, that particles in a plasma can undergo self-organization as electronic charges become
separated and the plasma becomes polarized. This effect results in microscopic strands of solid particles that twist into corkscrew shapes, or helical
structures. These helical strands are themselves electronically charged and are attracted to each other.
Quite bizarrely, not only do these helical strands interact in a counterintuitive way in which like can attract like, but they also undergo changes
that are normally associated with biological molecules, such as DNA and proteins, say the researchers. They can, for instance, divide, or bifurcate,
to form two copies of the original structure. These new structures can also interact to induce changes in their neighbours and they can even evolve
into yet more structures as less stable ones break down, leaving behind only the fittest structures in the plasma."
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