The Cosmic Evolution of Autobiogenesis (In Progress)
I have recently redefined the scientific term ‘autobiogenesis’ to mean the consistent and widespread development of life on small, water covered terrestrial planets within the habitable zones of stable yellow metal rich stars, as opposed to ‘abiogenesis’, which I now define as the singular, one time only development of life on this planet. Formerly, this rarely used term referred to the highly improbable development of life by way of randomly reacting biomolecules within our terrestrial planet’s ocean. Recent developments in stochastic thermodynamics, tested experimentally with colloidal dynamics, indicates that this highly improbable development of life within a biological soup is not the appropriate approach to the evolution of life.
A superior alternative to the origin of cellular metabolism has recently emerged, involving the energy gradients in the vicinity of seafloor alkaline hydrothermal vents, where inorganic clays contain a variety of mineral catalyst surfaces within microporous containment vesicles. Although the existence of a highly enriched biological soup composed of many protobiological decay products can also serve as a secondary pathway to the evolution of free floating biological replicators, the hypothesis of random chemical reactions within a biological soup doesn’t adequately represent any modern thinking about plausible theories on the origin of life, which necessitates (r) evolutionary ideas.
Evidence for autobiogenesis on suitably stable terrestrial planets is persuasive. Besides the unforgiving spectroscopic evidence that radioactive atomic nuclides formed by nucleosynthesis in stellar processes are identical across the observable universe, it also appears that the development of life on this planet was particularly rapid, and survived multiple periods of intense post formation planetoid and asteroid bombardment events, many of which were undoubtedly easily capable of planet wide life sterilization.
Given the widespread and now nearly indisputable evidence for autobiogenesis on terrestrial planets as I have defined the term, the time has now come to discuss the evolutionary history of its development, from both cosmological perspectives and through condensed matter physics theories and experiments. From condensed matter physics perspectives recent breakthroughs in quantum topological physics have made the simulation of these concepts possible in tabletop experiments, yet there remains glaring gaps of knowledge in quantum cosmology and high energy particle physics, such as relationships between quantum field theories of the standard model and the equations of general relativity. Large fractions of the mass and energy of the universe remain missing from theory almost entirely while the observational demonstration of its existence is irrefutable. Thus we are confronted with yet another crisis in physics.
In this essay I will discuss and analyze what is known, and not known, and outline a path to discovery.
The existence of biological life on the planet Earth is the result of a long sequence of evolutionary steps extending back through time, to an era of cosmic history that is hidden from direct observations by the cosmic microwave background emissions at roughly 2.72548 ± 0.00057 K which peaks at ~160.2 GHz. Besides invoking mathematical theories, numerical computations and direct experimental simulations, the only other observational means of accessing this early era of cosmic evolution, is via high energy physics experiments using large electron, proton and ion particle accelerators, and through the indirect observations of black holes and their event horizons through their electromagnetic spectral emissions, and now more recently through their gravitational wave emissions, using large laser interferometers.
Recent LIGO detection of a pair of merging black holes seems to indicate that spacetime has a deeper topological structure, in addition to the ordinary globally flat to slightly curved geometry – pushed to the extreme as one approaches the event horizon of a black hole. That broken geometry of spacetime is hidden by the event horizon much like a quantum critical point is hidden by a superconducting dome. Topological phase transitions are required for two rotating and revolving black holes to merge into one.
Deeper topological structures of spacetime can only be simulated in modern condensed matter systems. Axion electrodynamics, Chern Simons physics, Kitaev hierarchies, transport anomalies, gravitational couplings to bulk – boundary correspondences, Dirac, Weyl and Majorana fermions and other exotic excitations, as well as a wide variety of new composite bosons and quasiparticle excitations, are now all accessible in a consistent framework, requiring at most liquid helium temperatures for examination. Ultra cold atomic system manipulations in laser trapping experiments have already revolutionized our understanding of ambient condensed matter systems and will continue to contribute heavily to the field, providing the alternative perspectives and techniques necessary to cross check and verify any results. Condensed matter simulations of gravitational physics and quantum field theories will be the primary engines of scientific progress moving forward, for this current theoretical impasse to be fully resolved.
The cosmic microwave background radiation has been perhaps the most informative limit in regards to our knowledge of the larger cosmic universe. Besides its mere existence by discovery, it has been the subject of intense high resolution study, both ground based and by satellite.