Both science and religion say that life stemmed from matter. But what if someone comes around saying that if you give him a random clump of atoms, and if he shines light on it for long enough, he will give you back a plant.
If you haven’t heard of Dr. Jeremy England and his theories, I can assure you (from my own experience of transitioning from ignorance to fascination) that after reading today’s Needull, you are henceforth going to forever track his studies.
Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.”
To keep it unbiased and open-ended, today’s Needull, a 2015 interview published in OZY, is not an article on any of his theories but more about the person himself, someone who is being touted by leading biophysicists as the next Charles Darwin. Once you are done with this short Needull about him, just gear yourself to get lost in the intricate maze of Google searches, looking for truth in his groundbreaking theories.