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05.04.2015 07:49, Bill Carey from United States E-mail :

Your main point in your review seems to be that he should have included cellularity in his characteristics of life. He clearly defines life as starting before cellularity but after the simplest replication...specifically life started when replicating molecules could use energy from the environment to speed up their replicating, allowing stable persistence and complexification at a systems level within the constraints of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, which was new in the universe (at least here on earth). Cellularity, though perhaps the most important milestone toward modern life, is not a required characteristic of life, using that quite reasonable definition of life. I appreciate any comments... for instance, you might arbitrarily define life as having to start with cells, but that leaves out perhaps a billion years or so of replication and survival of the fittest, so I like Pross's take.
Cheers, Bill Carey

15.07.2014 10:48, Enrique Morata from Spain E-mail :
Please have a look at my book "Darwinland" in internet.

04.07.2014 02:07, Corrado Spadafora from Italia E-mail :
Dear Dr. Korthof,
this is an article you might be interested in: /info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjourna l.pone.0101629

Corrado Spadafora

14.06.2014 12:35, Ted Steele from CYO Foundation E-mail :
Dear Gert:

I have tried to find your direct email address on your website site, but without success. So I am using this message box to contact you- I hope it gets to you.

I assume you are interested in what I can send you.

After many turbulent years and much wasted effort,diversion and distraction there has been an important development which I wanted to communicate with you. It concerns "Ancestral Haplotypes, The Origins of Antibody Diversity and Soma-to-Germline Inheritance in Humans."

It has that quality described by Winston Churchill: " The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

If you can send me your email I can explain all this better.


Ted Steele
Edward J Steele PhD

CYO Honorary Research Fellow
CY O'Connor ERADE Village Foundation
11 ERADE Drive
Piara Waters WA 6112
Tel: 08 9397 1556
Fax: 08 9397 1559
Mob 0420 863 551

07.01.2014 20:05, Gert Korthof Homepage :
Dear Huub,

the book has been added to this page: hof54.htm#Suggestions


07.01.2014 14:04, Huub van Heesewijk from Den Haag E-mail :
Dear Sir,

First of all I want to let you know that I am impressed by your site. There is a lot to find out and enjoy here. :-)
Next, I would like to recommend the book 'Martinus, Darwin and Intelligent Design: A New Theory of Evolution' by Ole Therkelsen. It's not very well known in the field yet, but it gives a very interesting view on the topics mentioned at your site. If you like I can send you a free copy.
And please go on keeping this site a place worth visiting.

Kind regards,

Huub van Heesewijk, The Hague

31.12.2013 22:16, Mounthell :
You invoke the phrase to the effect that "genes control development." I would be thrilled to read your description of the specific mechanisms by which said genetic "control" of development operates, starting from the first step and avoiding infinite regress.


27.12.2013 09:18, MARKO vITAS from Slovenia E-mail :
Daer Sir/Madam,

please find a link to an essay you might be interested in:

Kind regards,

Marko Vitas

23.12.2013 17:05, Brig Klyce :
Gert, thanks for the link. It should actually be snew75.htm#20131220
because newer entries may push that one down and off the screen. Whatever. Merry Chirstmas!

21.12.2013 19:16, Gert Korthof Homepage :
Hi Brig,
Nice to hear from you.
And thanks for linking to my Koonin review!
I'll make a link back to your review.
Keep up the good work!

21.12.2013 16:00, Brig Klyce Homepage :
Dear Gert -- I have read and reviewed Koonin's book on my website at Now I see your review and I have linked to it. I did not overlook the MWO thread! Hope all is well with you. Best regards, Brig

07.12.2013 10:43, gert korthof Homepage :
see: -soma-by-robyn-lindley-11185.h tml

07.12.2013 07:29, Yannis Gounaris from Univ. Thessaly, Greece E-mail :
Dear Dr Korthof,

I am trying to invite professor Ted Steele to write a review on inheritance of aquired characteristics for a special issue of the Open Evolution Journal.

Do you by any chance have an e-mail address to contact him?

Yannis Gounaris
Prof. Molecular Biology
Univ. of Thessaly

05.02.2013 21:21, gert korthof Homepage :
hello Aaron Sloman,

thanks for visitign my site.
I am afraid that you are right, I am busy at the moment. Further,I am afraid you have more knowledge on some issues than myself.

Have a nice day,
Gert Korthof

05.02.2013 00:32, Aaron Sloman from Birmingham University, UK E-mail Homepage :
Dear Gert
I have found your web site very useful while trying to develop ideas forming the Meta-morphogenesis project. Key idea: mechanisms of evolution, development, learning, cultural change, produce NEW mechanisms of evolution, development, learning, etc. So in this case morphogenesis leads to meta-morphogenesis.

Another key idea is that increasingly the biological information acquired, developed, used, is not about things going on inside the organism but about other things in the immediate or remote environment or past or future, or unobservable mechanisms (e.g. physics), or the information processing in other organisms (conspecifics -- including offspring as they learn --, prey, predators, etc.). There's a huge amount of work to be done documenting the transitions in information processing that make this possible, including the discovery of mathematical ideas leading up to Euclid, etc.

One of the questions I've been struggling with is what are the features of chemical information processing that allow all this to get off the ground and under what conditions can it happen? How much is chemical computation essential for functions attributed to brains?

I have various documents in progress on different aspects of these ideas, and if you ever have time to look I'll welcome feedback: as your viewpoint seems to be unusually well informed and broad minded, and I am sure your criticisms will be useful. I've tried to present an introductory overview in the form of PDF slides here: rch/projects/cogaff/talks/#tal k107 (It includes some links to your web site, though I suspect you have a lot more relevant materiall than I have so far found.)
I'll quite understand if you are too busy.
Best wishes

27.08.2012 20:02, Juan from Miami E-mail Homepage :
I have review the site. Great job, excellent judgement, and criteria.
Let me introduce a concept broader than evolution: Infoability. Infoability as the capacity to create information. From infoability, we derive evolution as successful trends in living beings.
On the other hand, we can stay that matter and information equals life. Matter requires infoability to direct life, being evolution a byproduct of the synthesis --matter-information--

17.08.2012 22:34, Dave E-mail :
Love the site!

16.08.2012 13:31, Dov Henis from Israel E-mail Homepage :
Origin And Nature Of Earth Life, An Update…
tags: life genesis, natural selection, life mass format

Liberate your mind from concepts dictated by religious trade-union AAAS.
Life is just another mass format + re-comprehend natural selection + natural selection is ubiquitous.

Life Evolves by Naturally Selected Organic Matter

Homegrown Organic Matter Found on Mars, But No Life encenow/2012/05/homegrown-orga nic-matter-found-o.html?ref=em

II. EarthLife Genesis From Aromaticity/H-Bonding 09/30/earthlife-genesis-from-a romaticityh-bonding/
September 30, 2011

Purines and pyrimidines are two of the building blocks of nucleic acids. Only two purines and three pyrimidines occur widely in nucleic acids.

Pyrimidine is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound similar to benzene and pyridine, containing two nitrogen atoms at positions 1 and 3 of the six-member ring.
A purine is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound, consisting of a pyrimidine ring fused to an imidazole ring. Purines, including substituted purines and their tautomers, are the most widely distributed kind of nitrogen-containing heterocycle in nature.
Aromaticity ( Kekule, Loschmidt, Thiele) is essential for the Krebs Cycle for energy production.

Natural selection is E (energy) temporarily constrained in an m (mass) format.

Natural selection is a universal ubiquitous trait of ALL mass spin formats, inanimate and animate.

Life began/evolved on Earth with the natural selection of inanimate RNA, then of some RNA nucleotides, then arriving at the ultimate mode of natural selection – self replication.

Aromaticity enables good constraining of energy and good propensity to hydrogen bonding. The address of Earth Life Genesis, of phasing from inanimate to animate natural selection, is Aromaticity.Hydrogen Bonding.

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century) 02/03/universe-energy-mass-lif e-compilation/

21.05.2012 07:21, gert korthof :
Thanks Silvia!

20.05.2012 17:05, Silvia Greche from São Paulo-Brasil E-mail :
An very important subject! Too bad it doesn`t meet the interests of the great mass of the population.

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