…peer review is often biased and inefficient. It is occasionally corrupt, sometimes a charade, an open temptation to plagiarists. Even with the best of intentions, how and whether peer review identifies high-quality science is unknown. It is, in short, unscientific.
Here’s another failed attempt to put top-down causation back into the context of peer review.
Molecular oxygen is an inert species, unable to enter chemical reactions. Activation occurs through the acceptance of an extra electron; this catalytic step plays a major role in applications such as heterogeneous catalysis and fuel cells. It is also used by all living organisms.
The energy dependent catalytic step used by all living organisms was reported as: Switching oxygen molecules between a reactive and unreactive state
The news report claims all living organisms use a trick to link light to the addition of electrons and chemical reactions in the context of photocatalysis (i.e., light energy as information-induced chemical changes). The researchers demonstrate the trick at the level of atomic force via changes in oscillations during the transition from the inactive to the active state of titanium oxide.
They claim that they can control the trick during investigation of the inner workings of photocatalysts. They do not link femtosecond blasts of virucidal UV light to RNA-mediated DNA repair and all biodiversity via the trick.
If they did that, others would realize it is not a trick. It is the link from the creation of the sun to all biodiversity via what is known to all serious scientists about the simultaneous creation of nucleic acid precursors, which also create the starting materials needed to make natural amino acids and lipids.
A single set of [light activated] reactions appears to link the creation of most of life’s building blocks, simultaneously.
Reported as: Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum
…slight variations in chemistry and energy could have favored the creation of one set of building blocks over another, such as amino acids or lipids, in different places.
The slight variations in the energy-dependent chemistry of biophysically constrained RNA-mediated protein folding are not something that should be placed into the context of any peer-reviewed journal article that lends itself to being reported as a trick or reported as if the trick solved the origin-of-life conundrum.