Sources for video, “Was Life Inevitable?”

Sources for video:

Fitness of the Cosmos For Life – Simon Conway Morris, John Barrow, Stephen Freeland, Charles Harper

Deep Structure of Biology – Simon Conway Morris

The Origin at 150: is a new evolutionary synthesis in sight:

No Turning Back: The Nonequilibrium Statistical Thermodynamics of becoming (and remaining) Life-Like

Spontaneous fine-tuning to environment in many-species chemical reaction networks:

Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space:

Statistical Physics of Self-Replication:

Quanta Magazine – A New Physics Theory of Life:

Evolution was chemically constrained:

Universality in intermediary metabolism:

Self-Propelled Oil Droplets Consuming “Fuel” Surfactant:

Martin Hanczyc: The line between life and not-life:

A Production of Amino Acids Under Possible Primitive Earth Conditions:

Origin of organic compounds on the primitive earth and in meteorites:

Evidence for Extraterrestrial Amino-acids and Hydrocarbons in the Murchison Meteorite:

Racemic amino acids from the ultraviolet photolysis of interstellar ice analogues:

A ‘periodic table’ for protein structures:

A new approach to protein fold recognition:

Introduction to Protein Structure – Carl Branden, John Tooze

The Protein Folds as Platonic Forms: New Support for the Pre-Darwinian Conception of Evolution by Natural Law:

Similarities of protein topologies: Evolutionary divergence, functional convergence or principles of folding:

Convergent evolution in structural elements of proteins investigated using cross profile analysis:

Convergent evolution of similar enzymatic function on different protein folds: the hexokinase, ribokinase, and galactokinase families of sugar kinases:

Protein folding is a convergent problem!:

Colloquium: Geometrical approach to protein folding: a tube picture:

A protein taxonomy based on secondary structure:

Exploring the folding landscape of a structured RNA:

Synthesis of activated pyrimidine ribonucleotides in prebiotically plausible conditions:


Synthesis of long prebiotic oligomers on mineral surfaces:

Catalysts for the self-polymerization of adenosine cyclic 2′,3′-phosphate:

Self-assembling Behavior of Designer Lipid-like Peptides:

Dynamic Behaviors of Lipid-Like Self-Assembling Peptide A6D and A6K Nanotubes:,%20A.%20et%20al,%20JNN,%202007.pdf

Self-replicating micelles: aqueous micelles and enzymatically driven reactions in reverse micelles:

The concept of self-organization in cellular architecture:

No evidence for a genetic blueprint: The case of the “complex” mammalian photoreceptor:

Morphogenetic Properties of Microtubules and Mitotic Spindle Assembly:

Self-organizing optic-cup morphogenesis in three-dimensional culture:

Before programs: the physical origination of multicellular forms:

The Origin of Form Was Abrupt Not Gradual:

Dynamical patterning modules: physico-genetic determinants of morphological development and evolution:

Form and function remixed: developmental physiology in the evolution of vertebrate body plans:

To shape a cell: an inquiry into the causes of morphogenesis of microorganisms:

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory – Stephen Jay Gould

Hoyle on evolution, Nature, Vol. 294, No. 5837 (November 12, 1981), p. 105

How we are shaped: the biomechanics of gastrulation:

Principles that Govern the Folding of Protein Chains:

Shapes: Nature’s Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts – Phil Ball

The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form –  Rudolf Raff

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body – Neil Shubin

Hox Genes Regulate Digit Patterning by Controlling the Wavelength of a Turing-Type Mechanism:

A molecular mechanism for the origin of a key evolutionary innovation, the bird beak and palate, revealed by an integrative approach to major transitions in vertebrate history:

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo – Sean B. Carroll

Mechanisms of Limb Patterning in Crustaceans:

Leg development in flies versus grasshoppers: differences in dpp expression do not lead to differences in the expression of downstream components of the leg patterning pathway:

A double segment periodicity underlies segment generation in centipede development:

A conserved mode of head segmentation in arthropods revealed by the expression pattern of Hox genes in a spider:

Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis – Michael Denton

Biology of Amphibians – William E. Duellman and Linda Trueb

Increasing morphological complexity in multiple parallel lineages of the Crustacea:

Convergent evolution of aposematic coloration in Neotropical poison frogs: a molecular phylogenetic perspective:

Evidence for convergent evolution in the antimicrobial peptide system in anuran amphibians:

Convergent Evolution: Pick Your Poison Carefully:

Gradual Adaptation Toward a Range-Expansion Phenotype Initiated the Global Radiation of Toads:

‘Toadness’ a Key Feature for Global Spread of These Amphibians:

Phylogeny of the avian genus Pitohui and the evolution of toxicity in birds:

Poivre, C., 1976. Observations on the biology, behavior and the phenomenon of convergence among Mantispides(Planipennes). Entomologiste, 32(1): 2-19.

Deja vu: the evolution of feeding morphologies in the Carnivora:

Carnivore Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution – John Gittleman

Do convergent ecomorphs evolve through convergent morphological pathways:

Morphological convergence of the prey-killing arsenal of sabertooth predator:

Iterative evolution of hypercarnivory in canids (Mammalia: Carnivora): Evolutionary interactions among sympatric predator:

The Cheetah: Native American:…205.1155A

Osteolepiforms and the ancestry of tetrapods:

Comparative genomics reveals convergent evolution between the bamboo-eating giant and red pandas:

Convergent evolution of the genomes of marine mammals:

Convergent evolution of bilaterian nerve cords:

Genome-wide signatures of convergent evolution in echolocating mammals:

Life’s Solutions – Simon Conway Morris

The Runes of Evolution – Simon Conway Morris

Darwin’s aliens:

Aliens may be more like us than we think:

Evolution of the human brain: when bigger is better:

What We Still Don’t Know: “Are We Real?”


3 thoughts on “Sources for video, “Was Life Inevitable?”

  1. Greetings, IP. I was recently reading your response to AntiCitizenX’s video about the modal ontological argument, and while I agree that AntiCitizenX’s criticisms were wrong, what I read in your response caused me to began thinking about logic and it’s relation to reality. If you don’t mind, I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions?

  2. This is an excellent, informative and inspiring video with in-depth authoritative research. Is it possible to also post the transcript of this video here or elsewhere appropriate, so that i can revisit the rich details in my own pace. Many thanks

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