Sidney Fox and Aleksander Przbylski claim that these microsphere properties that they have shown to be present, including rudimentary metabolism, reproduction, self-organization, electrical activity and exchange of ions, meet the minimum requirements for signs of life.12...This further blurs the distinction between life and non-life forms.
Physicists Richard Brewer and Erwin Hahn claim to have demonstrated the presence of memory at the atomic level. They state that "atomic memory" is apparent when atomic systems that have moved from order into chaos are induced to recover their pre-existent order. They have demonstrated how a system of particles that has decayed from a highly ordered state can be returned to that state by reversing the motion of its particles.13
Artificial intelligence, as we see in computer systems, is becoming increasingly complex. These non-living structures yet further blur the distinction between intelligence existing in living and non-living matter. Artificial intelligence might be viewed as an extension of natural intelligence.
Intelligence would appear to influence the motion and direction of all matter, whether living or non-living. The motion and direction of inorganic matter as contained within our earth, for example, is under the influence of its own intelligence system. It acts automatically or unconsciously just as do our own bodily functions. For instance, we are not aware of our immune system manufacturing antibodies or our bone marrow producing blood cells.
A larger physical body in the right environment, such as the earth, will find itself evolving in the direction of increasing complexity just as does the animal and plant life it contains. It definitely contains much more of Shannon's "information" in its present physical system than it did in its primordial state. The earth is undergoing entropy as are all other physical systems, but it has also become much more complex during the passage of time. Entropy, rather than destroying our local physical system (earth), has aided its upward evolution into a state of increasing complexity. Entropy is not the enemy that it has traditionally been viewed, but is rather a necessary integral function of the cosmic web, aiding the continual process of increasing complexity of both physical and living bodies. Entropy has produced a universal background of physical change which then has allowed all matter to enter into more complex arrangements of literally an infinite variety. Those states that "make sense" or "work the best" in a particular physical system are selected out. Our earth has an ocean covering three-fourths of its surface area, and has mountains, deserts and an atmosphere of various gasses, because the entropic process continually changed the structure of matter, thus allowing those certain physical systems to be selected out which worked best under the constraints of physical laws.
Intelligence as a force in opposition to the entropic process has resulted in the earth becoming more complex and richer in information. Intelligence appears to manifest a self-generating complexity as one of its basic properties. It has an inherent instinctual need to evolve in an upward direction. This inherent property produces a positive pressure that leads toward increasing complexity. Only those physical systems that could survive the rigorous physical laws, which the Newtons and Einsteins of the world have helped discover, are presently in existence here or elsewhere within the universe.
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