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Science Daily reports on a new theory by Erik D. Andrulis that if true demonstrates the earth is alive. The peer reviewed journal Life has just published Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, which argues the earth is alive .
If this holds up it means James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis’s “Gaia Hypothesis” is true in a literal sense and that while evolution takes place, life did not evolve out of non-life. Insights by pantheists and panentheists would be shown more accurate than those of simple reductive materialists.
According to Science Daily, Andrulis has already used the theory to “identify a hidden signature of RNA biogenesis in his laboratory at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. ”
The original paper is technical and parts are well beyond my ability to understand, but in case some of you are better equipped, the paper may be downloaded here.
Publication does not mean proven, but it does mean competent readers well versed in the subject found it worthwhile. Stay tuned.
P. Z. Meyers , my favorite pushy atheist, has a strong denunciation of the paper. On the one hand this is to be expected because it crosses so directly against his thinking. On the other hand, most papers making big claims are shot down because they should be. Time will tell. (Thanks Makarios, who for some reason Beliefnet would not let post here.)