Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gyres did it.

A controversial article claims to explain the fundamental "Nature of Life" and the origin of the universe. This has caused the validity of the fledgling journal "Life" to come into question. Here is the link to the original (massive 105-page) article. In it Erik D. Andrulis, professor at Case Western Reserve University, boils all living and non-living systems down to "gyres." He asserts that gyres are the arrangement of matter that gives life to all systems. He uses this premise to "breathe life" into the old "Gaia Hypothesis" championed by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis. The gaia hypothesis says that the entire planet can be considered a life-form in and of itself.  An appealing idea, I agree. So is Andrulis' grand theory of everything a "paradigm-shifting" theory or a pile of malarkey? You be the judge. Let the global peer-review process begin.
 
Andrulis, E. (2011). Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life Life, 2 (1), 1-105 DOI: 10.3390/life2010001
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