Thoughts Make Things: What Is the Origin of Life?


Super-advanced mechanism of E. coli

The upper limit of the F1 engine speed is 15000 rotations per minute (rpm). For your reference, when I commute, the average engine speed of my small economy car is about 1500 rpm. You may be surprised to see how much I don’t want to go to work, rather than admiring the speed of F1 engines. Sorry, that’s not the point of this post. Do you know we have mechanical systems rotating faster than F1 engines in the body?

It’s E. coli. They move in our intestines by rotating their flagella. The speed is about 20000 rpm! To my more surprise, the flagella even have a clutch mechanism to rotate reversely. Furthermore, the energy conversion efficiency is almost 100%. It’s only a hundred and some tens of years since we humans invented internal combustion engine systems including a clutch mechanism, while fungi have a long history of about a billion years. Do you still believe we organisms linearly evolve?

Intangible intelligence existed in the beginning of the world

The other day, I happened to read an article by a computer scientist. He claims some biological mechanisms are too complex and sophisticated to explain only by biological evolution. According to Darwin’s theory, organisms have evolved from single-cell to multi-cell, and finally our developed brains come to have intelligence. In contrast, the scientist argues intelligence existed first and designed some complex biological mechanisms.

The intelligence is the network of electronic signals, to be more precise. When electrons transfer between atoms, something like an intelligence is possible to occur spontaneously and evolve very fast. In fact, this argument sounds more natural and realistic than the spontaneous generation of high-tech biological mechanisms like the flagella of E. coli, especially after knowing its advanced performance and structure.

Two wooden dining chairs: one is with black wood upholstered with charcoal gray fabric; another one is with light-color wood upholstered with light gray fabric.

Passion for creation is the origin of life

I know the beginning of life is a kind of question with no answer, but it’s exciting just to think about it. Unfortunately, the scientist seemed to have no argument about the motive of the intelligence, just saying there’s no way to understand what the formless super-intelligence was thinking. Possibly, creation might be an irresistible urge even to such a super-intelligence. If that is a case, it becomes easy to understand the enthusiasm of our furniture craftspeople who never stop evolving.

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Shungo Ijima

He is travelling around the world. His passion is to explain Japan to the world, from the unique viewpoint accumulated through his career: overseas posting, MBA holder, former official of the Ministry of Finance.