Tuesday, 26 March 2019

What is life ?

Hypothesis - Life is the irreversible exchange of energy of a living organism/system with its environment. Exchange of energy with the environment such as in breathing maintains life. When this exchange ceases to occur living organisms decay and die.
The energy patterns may be compared to information and the energy exchange compared to information processing.
 The evaporation of water may be compared to the above i.e. exchange of energy with the environment, however it is a reversible process.
Is this irreversible process of energy exchange related to the rise of complexity (through phase transition) of living organisms and the unidirectional arrow of time ?

Energy Barrier

Is the directional arrow of time due to an energy barrier ?  Analogy: Uncatalyzed reaction. May be a catalyst-like invention could revers...