The Search for an Algorithm of Evolution and Development
In 1998 Synthetic Life Lab was organized to investigate the origin and evolution of life with the purpose of finding the answer to the ancient twin unanswered questions which continue to face science: 1) How did the first cell evolve to the complex plant and animal life of today?; and 2) How does the single fertilized egg cell develop the complex embryo in a matter of a few hours?
The failure of science to provide a coherent account for these seeming miracles of life have provided grounds for half of the population of America to embrace divine creation to the detriment of serious scientific pursuit, and to dangerously divide the population into two irreconcilable schools of thought.
Biology today embraces the theory called neodarwinism, which holds that complex life evolved by the selection for survival in the environment of random mutations resulting from errors in the DNA molecule. This theory has never produced its promised blueprint for life, and in the past few decades has been deemed insufficient by evolutionary biologists as an account for the mechanism of evolution. It nonetheless remains the basis of funding by thousands of scientists in the absence of any other theory.
This thesis announces the work of the scientists and science illustrators of this lab that over many years has produced a solution to the problem of evolution and development:
A simple geometrical algorithm has been discovered which demonstrates how the self-organized toroidal form of the membrane of the germ plasm, universal precursor of the egg, undergoes topological deformations that produce the gamut of complex forms assumed by plant and animal life.
This discovery has been deemed plausible by many prominent scientists. In 2010 our paper describing the algorithm was peer-review published in the International Journal of Astrobiology and presented at ILASOL’s annual conference at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Our most recent peer-reviewed paper, "The Morphological Mapping of the Brain and the design of the nervous system," was published in International Journal of Brain Science inSeptember 2013.
We were aware that our results would meet extreme resistance by parts of the scientific community as the funding infrastructure of biological science is based on the idea of neodarwinism. We were fortunate in that from the lab’s inception we had the advice and support of Stephen Jay Gould, whose scientific life was dedicated to opposing this idea.