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11-12-2013, 11:27 AM (This post was last modified: 11-12-2013 11:31 AM by kingschosen.)
Teach me: Forms of Life
Why does life have to come from carbon? Or, silicon (seems to be popular in scifi).

Why can't there be sodium-based life?

Or, bromine-based life?

Or, argon-based life?

Is everything else incapable of facilitating life except carbon and hypothetically silicon?

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11-12-2013, 11:33 AM
RE: Educate me: Forms of Life
Evolution is a process and DNA is that process, much like shuffling a deck of cards, removing cards and adding cards and the top one flipped is the outward perception we observe as the outcome of an ever going process. Right now as we constantly observe DNA is a range of changing carbon formations. If different data comes about to change our current observations, science will and should adapt to better data.

It is not a matter of "could it", it is a matter of this is our best data so far.

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11-12-2013, 11:35 AM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
I'm not sure that it has to be carbon based, it's just that on this planet it is.
Who knows what else is possible out there.

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11-12-2013, 11:38 AM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
(11-12-2013 11:27 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  Why does life have to come from carbon? Or, silicon (seems to be popular in scifi).

Why can't there be sodium-based life?

Or, bromine-based life?

Or, argon-based life?

Is everything else incapable of facilitating life except carbon and hypothetically silicon?

It is because there is just more carbon around. Other elements are just too rare to be used by widespread lifeforms.

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11-12-2013, 11:38 AM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
Carbon is a chemical slut, so it makes a lot of different molecules that are useful for life, other elements couldn't do that as far as we know.

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11-12-2013, 11:44 AM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
Ted Talks

inorganic matter into living matter talk- synthetic biologysyntheic biology, evolution, chemistry


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11-12-2013, 12:01 PM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
I don't have time to watch this all the way thru, it might be carbon based, but its first synthetic cell bacterium. It's parent was a computer…..

synthetic cell announcement


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11-12-2013, 12:04 PM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
(11-12-2013 11:38 AM)nach_in Wrote:  Carbon is a chemical slut, so it makes a lot of different molecules that are useful for life, other elements couldn't do that as far as we know.

It is the trollop of the periodic table. Drinking Beverage

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11-12-2013, 12:07 PM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
(11-12-2013 11:38 AM)nach_in Wrote:  Carbon is a chemical slut, so it makes a lot of different molecules that are useful for life, other elements couldn't do that as far as we know.

Quote:as far as we know.

Exactly, which is based on our best current data. I hate the OP because it is mere mental masturbation. Whatever future data we find will only update our current data. My safe "bet" is whatever changes we might find would still be part of the range we see now, not separate from it.

This type of mental masturbation leads to religion and superstition and pseudo science.

Lets just go with what we have, and work on what we can find out and refrain from wild speculation.

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11-12-2013, 12:56 PM
RE: Teach me: Forms of Life
So, a sodium-based life form is possible... given the right conditions?

I mean... could any element support life if it was given the right conditions?

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