Strategies for discovering abiogenesis

The universe is made of mostly hydrogen, helium, carbon, oxygen,
nitrogen – and others, in that order of prevalence.

Life on Earth is made of mostly hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen –
and others, in that order of prevalence. No helium because it is
chemically inert.

So you see, life is made of the same things that universe is made of
in the same order of their prevalence in the universe. There is
nothing elementally different about Life. Statistically speaking Life
is just as likely on average everywhere if we just consider the
elemental composition.

Of the elements that make up the universe, carbon is the most
chemically fertile for forming compounds. Sure silicon is close, but
there is about 5 times as much carbon as silicon. So let us forget
about silicon based life. Carbon based life is objectively more
likelier if we define Life as: A self-sustaining, self-replicating,
thermodynamic open system, which avoids reaching equilibrium with its
surroundings for as long as possible by allowing for variation within
its process schematics, i.e. thus facilitating evolution which
sustains life further. Given the complex chemistry required to prevent
thermodynamic equilibrium with the surroundings, Carbon chemistry is
the objective candidate for Life.

Look at that definition of Life above. Regardless of whether it is the
actual definition, we can probably agree that the objective definition
of life is complex like the one above, and therefore, any non-life
process that leads to formation of life, would be unlikely.

How unlikely? Well given the amount of basal information quantifiable,
in bits, of the diversity in near earth Carbon chemistry it is
computationally possible to estimate the unlikelihood of a process
that would meet the definitions of Life : not Life as we see it today,
but Life as what is barely necessary to sustain itself, replicate
itself, prevent equilibrium, vary process schematics and evolve.

In search for abiogenesis, therefore, we should restrict our search
within Carbon chemistry for reactions just as unlikely as the
unlikelihood predicted by the information theoretic model of near
Earth complex chemistry.

So the steps to discover abiogenesis is:

1. Catalog all near Earth & terrestrial chemical reactions. And
programs to generate classes of such reactions.
2. Discover the most effective compression mechanism to compress this
set of reactions to smallest number of bits.
3. Now use an optimal coding scheme like arithmetic coding to write
chemical reactions which possess qualities which life exhibits (see
qualities of life describes above).
4. Estimate expected number of bits of the set of such reaction descriptions.
5. Now restrict search within reactions as unlikely as the ones we saw
to exhibit life like properties.

The project is huge much like Hilbert’s project to enumerate all
truths. Perhaps some approximation is possible.

I plan to do this if I get time after I learn fluid mechanics,
magneto-hydrodynamics, plasma physics and make dynamic confinement
fusion reactors feasible, and make cheap electricity, and cultivate
deserts and create prosperous and thus peaceful desert economies in
the Africas and the Middle East. Oh did I mention I also wanted to
mine asteroids, and start cheap honeymoons to the moon.

I wish I was a 30,000 year old immortal Cro-Magnon, or an undead
Vampire, I would have had enough time for all of this. I am definitely
Slytherin.

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