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Dec
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comment Has there been any experimental verification of Jeremy England's theory of dissipation-driven adaptation?
@CuriousOne no, of course not. Nobody knows that. A fair chunk of the research in origins of life consists of putting empirical constraints on those conditions, but actually measuring it is obviously out of the question, caps lock or not.
Dec
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comment Has there been any experimental verification of Jeremy England's theory of dissipation-driven adaptation?
@CuriousOne actually thermodynamic efficiency is one of the major mysteries in the origins of life. The first organisms were not photosynthetic, and it is unlikely that there were strong redox gradients on the early Earth, which means that the first organisms probably had to be autotrophs who fed on quite small redox potentials. Modern bacteria that survive on such small potentials have very complicated metabolisms, because they have to be extremely efficient in order to avoid making a net loss per molecule consumed. So energy efficiency would have been a major concern for the first organisms.
Dec
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comment Has there been any experimental verification of Jeremy England's theory of dissipation-driven adaptation?
*by this I mean they should be assessed carefully on their own terms, not that they should be ranted against. His claims are neither trivial nor shallow.
Dec
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comment Has there been any experimental verification of Jeremy England's theory of dissipation-driven adaptation?
As someone who is (a) a full-time specialist in origins of life and (b) somewhat skpetical of England's claims*, I think this is an excellent question.
Dec
31
comment What will a glass look like in 500 years?
I'm not an expert (maybe there's someone here who is) but I believe it's debatable whether glass is really a "slow liquid" rather than a solid. But even if it is a liquid, I think it will takes a lot more than 500 years for it to flow appreciably.
Dec
22
comment Is simulating the entire universe possible?
@KyleKanos I think it's entirely clear that it's asking about whether there are physical limitations that would prevent it, not about what humans can conceive. (I've edited to change the wording.)
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Dec
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comment Is it possible that a person with myopia will see a blurry picture as normal?
@DarioP it seems you're right - I had assumed that convolution (as a mathematical operation) was non-invertible, but it seems the difficulty of doing deconvolution in practical applications actually stems from not knowing the kernel exactly. But since convolution is linear and its inverse must also be linear, that seems to imply that you can sharpen an image such that it will return to its original appearance when later blurred, as long as you know the exact kernel for the blurring convolution. This might mean my answer is technically wrong.
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answered Is it possible that a person with myopia will see a blurry picture as normal?
Dec
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answered Is there a spin glass version of Prince Rupert's Drop?
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comment Is it possible to learn about an event that occurred outside of your observable universe?
@brucesmitherson that was edited into the question shortly after I answered it. It makes it a more interesting question, but I don't know the answer in that case. (Logically, the resolution has to be that the bound observer has the same cosmic horizon as us, but I don't immediately know how to show that it does. It probably has to do with the fact that you can no longer consider space flat and homogeneous on the scale of interest.)
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answered Can sugar be affected by a magnetic field?
Nov
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comment Temperature loss of a moving object
@WhatRoughBeast it's both - first the heat conducts into the air, and then the air convects away. But you're right, "convective" is a better term here.
Nov
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comment Why is temperature constant during melting?
@user3932000 I guess that can happen - depending on how you heat the system, some of the heat will go into the ice rather than the liquid water part. That portion of the incoming energy will not increase the temperature either, simply because it goes directly into melting the ice.