“[U]nder certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.” Oh, really, does it?
England’s research is focused on the wrong question. Origin-of-life theories are not helped by identifying processes that efficiently dissipate energy.
The Many Worlds Interpretation is sort of an extension of the Darwinian creation myth, applied to cosmology.
Carroll, a cosmologist and physicist specializing in general relativity and cosmology at Caltech, is highly regarded by the New Atheist community.
Materialism isn’t really a metaphysical theory. It’s just a mistake. It’s a woefully inadequate understanding of nature.