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Watch: Chemist Marcos Eberlin on Water as a “Supernatural Liquid”

David Klinghoffer

Marcos Eberlin

A humble glass of water out of the kitchen faucet — nothing special there, right? Nothing like, oh, a glass of fine wine, to be admired and savored. Think again! 

Read chemist Marcos Eberlin’s book, Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose, and you will never look at a glass of H2O the same way again. Dr. Eberlin was in Seattle recently and I asked him what’s so special. Water, he explains here, is nothing less than a “supernatural liquid”:

With 74 distinctive chemical properties, it does things we take for granted but that, were they tuned a little differently, life on Earth would be impossible. The fact that ice floats, as just one example, goes against what you would expect, yet without it our lakes would freeze solid. Water moderates the surface temperature on Earth to about 65 degrees, which is very pleasant. It melts on pressure, providing a lubricant that makes ice skating possible. 

And much more. The foresight here, as Dr. Eberlin puts it, is both “extravagant and stylish,” intelligently designed for life’s thriving, and even for fun.

Photo credit: manu schwendener via Unsplash.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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