Bruce Damer, PhD, is coauthor with David Deamer, of a new theory on the origins of life that was featured in a Scientific American cover story in 2017. His professional interests also include space exploration, virtual reality, and entheogens. He is author of Avatars: Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet.
Here he describes the details of his PIM (probability shaper, interaction network, memory system) model as it pertains to the origin of life. This model has now inspired a line of experimental inquiry that supports the notion of abiogenesis, or the creation of life from non-living molecular colonies. He offers his support for the extending the PIM model to the evolution of consciousness. He also emphasizes the significance of the notion that life originated from a colony of progenotes — and not a single ancestor — elevating cooperation among organisms as an essential biological principle.
(Recorded on May 15, 2019)
Published on May 17, 2019