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Ideas on the emergence of life by a quantity-to-quality transition of the abiotic matter
Author(s): Vera M. Kolb
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Paper Abstract

We review and re-examine the idea that life emerged by a quantity-to-quality transition of the abiotic matter. This idea was originally proposed by the dialectical materialists, who are the proponents of the materialistic approach to the Hegel's laws of dialectics. We propose in this paper that the universal feature of the quantity-to-quality transitions is a change in the organization of the system. We also discuss Jean-Paul Sartre's view on the application of the laws of dialectics to the nature and to the origins of life.

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Date Published: 22 September 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5906, Astrobiology and Planetary Missions, 590617 (22 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.625467
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Vera M. Kolb, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5906:
Astrobiology and Planetary Missions
Richard B. Hoover; G. Randall Gladstone; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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