“It’s Alive!”

Some years ago I discussed the possibility that piezoelectricity deep in the earth could have promoted the formation of the molecules of life.

More recently, it occurred to me that, since common minerals like quartz produce electric sparks when they are struck, like this:

meteorites striking the earth could also have produced piezoelectric sparks and promoted the formation of living molecules. Lightning is often discussed in this context, but I have yet to see a reference to piezoelectricity.


“It’s Alive!”


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on December 11, 2014 at 3:43 am


    Discusses asteroid impact period in earth’s history and a laser experiment on life molecule generation.


  2. https://aeon.co/videos/chimeras-and-lightning-a-radical-perspective-on-the-evolution-of-complex-life?utm_content=buffera7ceb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    Nick Lane on why life is the way it is
    Chimeras and lightning bolts: a radical, compelling perspective on the importance of energy in the evolution of complex life from bacteria.


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