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Preview: James Tour Asks Brian Miller About Ice, Entropy, and the Origin of Life

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We’re looking forward to an online dialogue TODAY between Rice University chemist James Tour and Discovery Institute physicist Brian Miller. Times and a link are below. In a preview, they discuss ice, entropy, and the origin of life. Professor Tour asks:

But systems do move from high to low entropy states, for example ice. Can you explain to the average listener the difference between what happens with ice and the requirement for life and how all that relates to pre-biology, life’s building blocks, and the requirement for life in the first place where abiogenesis is before biology takes over. This is the origin of life. How did that first living system form?

A peek at Dr. Miller’s answer is here:

Watch the online conversation right here today — 5 pm Pacific time/8 pm Eastern. Of course, it’s free:

Thanks to Professor Tour’s Science & Faith podcast for sponsoring the discussion on “Thermodynamics & the Origin of Life.”

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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