The theory for the origin of life that emerges from bioepistemic evolution is further developed on the author's newer site - Evolution and Origin
In its rank0 section, that site includes all the origin of life work given here and also extends it to describe chemical, evolutionary mechanisms for the emergence of "bacterial protocells;" although lacking genetics, such protocells would otherwise have resembled bacteria, both chemically and morphologically.
The Evolution of Prebiotic Oscillations
References to articles cited in the text and links to some other relevant sites.
The Evolution of Prebiotic Oscillations
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These are sites written about evolution by individuals. I would like to add others, my preference being for sites that give good, detailed descriptions of original approaches or are ciritical of the conventional wisdom. If you know of such sites, please tell me.
- Written by Mark White this site contains, amongst other things, ideas about the symmetry properties of the genetic code that have never been published in the scientific literature but nonetheless, seem original and deserve to be considered.
- Cellular Automata
- Tim Tyler's site figures high on internet searches and has nice simulations of cellular automata. His other interest seems to be Cairns-Smith's ideas about silicate based life forms which are not believable. However, he just seems to give his own take on Cairns-Smith, without really answering published criticism of that work.
There are many group sites about evolution, these are jsut a couple of popular examples that have links. I cannot think of any sites that offer purely "secular" criticisms of evolutionary theory. If you know of any, let me know I would like to link to them.
- Talk Origins
- This site is very large, and aims to to provide the scientific position on evolution. To a large extent it counterpoints creationism and intelligent design and most of that seems valid. However, you will find no attention to valid criticisms of evolution. Hence, the discussion tends to be worthy rather than interesting. Also, the site is misnamed and does not seem to champion any evolutionary theory of origins. There are groups, archives and many links.
- ISCID - International Society for Complexity Information and Design
- This is a major intelligent design site. You can find some good critiques of evolutionary theory on here and readers should think them but should not swallow the ID. No links to speak of.
© John A Hewitt MA PhD (Cantab.)
The work described here was performed as an independent investigation by John A Hewitt who asserts the right to be recognized as its author and as the originator of the novel ideas presented here. The topics to which this claim applies include, but are not limited to, the application of bioepistemic evolution to the prebiotic situation, the discussion of the sun as a data and power source for prebiotic evolving systems, the recognition of sun-induced chemical oscillations as information carriers subject to evolutionary selection and to the theories for the origin of biochemical pathways and self-oscillatory, allosteric and cyclic biochemistry that result.
This study is a greatly extended version of a poster originally presented at the Royal Society meeting on conditions for the emergence of life on the early earth, London, 13 & 14 February, 2006. This internet version was made available on 6 September, 2006. Comments and criticism are solicited - see the "contact & copyright" link for contact details.