“First we build the tools, than they build us.”
Evolution works through indirection: each stage or epoch uses the information-processing methods of the previous epoch to create the next.
Epoch One: Physics and Chemistry
A few hundred thousand years after the Big Bang, atoms began to form, as electrons became trapped in orbits around nuclei consisting of protons and neutrons. The electrical structures of atoms made them sticky. Chemistry was born a few million years later as atoms came together to create relatively stable structures called molecules. Of all the elemets, carbon proved to be the most versatile; it’s able to form bonds in four directions, giving rise to complicated, information-rish, three dimenstional structures.
The rules of our universe and the balance of the physical constants that govern the interaction of basic forces are so delicately and exactly appropriate for the codification and evolution of information that one wonders how…
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