Origin of Life, Evolution and Digital Code

Origin of Life, Evolution and Digital Code

August 9, 2017

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

August 28, 2017, 3:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Perry Marshall, Engineer, Author and Business Consultant

The origin of life is acknowledged to be one of the great unsolved problems of science. But it is predicated on an even more basic question: the origin of information. Living organisms are information-replicating and -processing systems. Every cell reproduces itself from digital instructions, stored in DNA. The genetic code has the same features as modern digital devices: Layers of digital encoding, decoding and data storage; error detection, error correction and repair. Plus, an ability to adapt that beggars the imagination. Cells reengineer themselves, in real time, in hours and even minutes. How do cells “know” how to evolve? No human software does that. What do bacteria know that we don’t? How do you get from chemicals to code? How do you get a code without designing one? Does life harness an undiscovered law of physics? Are there mysterious emergent properties in nature?