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Marcos Eberlin: For Water, Lightning, and a Living Planet, Just Add Foresight

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On a new episode of ID the Future, biologist Jonathan Wells speaks again with distinguished Brazilian scientist Marcos Eberlin about Eberlin’s new book Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

A world leader in the field of mass spectrometry, Eberlin explains how chemistry reveals foresight in the design of molecules and chemical systems. To the untrained eye water looks like a simple clear liquid. To the chemist it has 74 unique, even “weird” properties essential for life. And lightning seems purely destructive, but it, too, is essential for life. As Eberlin argues, both of these suggest foresight in the design of life — foresight to solve problems necessary to make life on Earth possible.

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