How was nature able to discover its own laws—twice?

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The central thesis of the modern scientific revolution is that nature is objective. Yet, some-how, out of that objective reality, projective systems emerged—cognitive and purposeful. More remarkably, through nature’s objective laws, chemical systems emerged and evolved to take advan-tage of those laws. Even more inexplicably, nature uncovered those laws twice—once unconsciously, once consciously. Accordingly, one could rephrase the origin of life question as follows: how was nature able to become self-aware and discover its own laws? What is the law of nature that enabled nature to discover its own laws? Addressing these challenging questions in physical-chemical terms may be possible through the newly emergent field of systems chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number679
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Chemical evolution
  • Cognition
  • Dynamic kinetic stability
  • Origin of life
  • Systems chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Paleontology


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