Protocell Circus

  • Опубликовано: 8 янв 2011
  • Protocell Circus: Spontaneous Generation
    a.k.a. A "Natural History" of Protocells
    Produced by Dr Rachel Armstrong and Michael Simon Toon - Dr Armstrong (senior TED fellow and UCL teaching fellow) created the protocells and footage in the laboratory at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Post production, editing, sound and narrative by Toon.
    Protocells could be the beginning of life on Earth, maybe even the birth of consciousness itself. They are cells with no DNA. These simple protocells are the result of a reaction between a few basic chemicals, (oil, salt and water) yet they exhibit complex life-like behaviors which seem to validate Aristotle's theory of "Spontaneous Generation" otherwise known as "abiogenesis" which was superseded by "germ theory" which was popularized by Louis Pasteur. "Germ theory" however never addressed how inanimate matter, first came to be life-like in nature.
    Google searches for more information:
    Wired article on protocells:
    Word search for Protocells in wikipedia:

Комментарии • 20

  • François-Xavier Dessureault
    François-Xavier Dessureault 3 года назад

    Everyone's arguing on the creationist debate and I just want to know what's the stuff these protocells seem to be assembling and extruding...
    Anyone has an idea? the protocellcircus website isn't any help.

  • Shufei
    Shufei 3 года назад

    Floating fetuses of all life, twitching in the Mother Earth.

  • IThinkWithMy Dick
    IThinkWithMy Dick 3 года назад +2

    "You're fired."
    "You stink."
    "Fuck you."
    "I want to put a baby inside you."
    "That'll be 25 cents, please."
    "Would you like fries with that?"

  • VanillaAbstract
    VanillaAbstract 4 года назад +3

    These things are exhibiting higher thinking than my dog.

  • digemlo
    digemlo 4 года назад +8

    Am I missing something here or is this just a video of dynamic entropy of solvation? The anthropomorphism in the captions is dreamy and thought-provoking, sure, but don't let its subjectivism be too misleading.

  • GreenSlugg
    GreenSlugg 5 лет назад

    Not really. I am a biotech major, meaning that I have spent the past several years of my life studying biology at the cellular, biochemical, and molecular levels. To call a drop of oil a cell is like saying that a brick is a computer, because they are a similar shape. I made a video about protocells replying to a Ted Talk.
    And yes, I included the critiques made by professional origin of life scientists.

  • nathonas
    nathonas 5 лет назад +1

    3,117 views? What the actual fuck. This is absolutely fascinating and offers a viable explanation of how life appeared on our planet.

  • J Salas
    J Salas 5 лет назад

    Life that is not based on cells and membranes is possible but it is most likely very, very, very rare.

  • J Salas
    J Salas 5 лет назад

    protocells first of all is basically a small robotic-like mechanism that can have a phosphate lipid bi-layer. RNA can form naturally in harsh primordial conditions. But there are lots and lots of variables, our planet is probably the one the only few planets in the Universe with multicellular life (Rare Earth Hypothesis). Cells are not truly alive but are basically organic robotic mechanisms that have a metabolic process for energy (they live on probability and chance).

  • J Salas
    J Salas 5 лет назад


  • J Salas
    J Salas 5 лет назад

    life can begin out of a less than 1% chance, a god does not exist in THIS universe, nor did a god a create it. The universe is a fluctuation of information enclosed within a membrane holding in rules that interact with each other. These fluctuations is why our reality makes "sense." The only way to see outside of these rules is through thought and philosophy. However, rules from alien universe's can never be perceived. Because of this, other universe's do not "exist." Because we cant percieve th

  • Ricardo Picoli
    Ricardo Picoli 6 лет назад

    Wonderful artistic production!! Congratulations!!

  • thuglifenos
    thuglifenos 6 лет назад

    What did they mean when they said it has metabolism.

  • Gormanmod
    Gormanmod 7 лет назад

    @5tonyvvvv ...this is not an answer nor a rebuttal. This is you in denial.

  • Gormanmod
    Gormanmod 7 лет назад

    @5tonyvvvv What defines life? I see life here.
    Also you changed your words to fit your point. You never said reorganize dead life.
    Stop adding straws to something you've clearly lost.

  • Gormanmod
    Gormanmod 7 лет назад

    @5tonyvvvv We do bring organisms back to life. Doctors do all the time. Even today we are working to clone neanderthals and mammoths.
    furthermore, the word "impossible" does not prove me wrong.
    I say again, prove it.

  • Gormanmod
    Gormanmod 7 лет назад

    @5tonyvvvv Sure they do. They do it all the time. Sometimes, they even self organize after the organism has died. Those sometimes become prions and can kill people.
    Also, there is something to select from. You didn't say how there isn't. Please prove it.

  • Gormanmod
    Gormanmod 7 лет назад

    @5tonyvvvv I imagine natural selection favors mono-types over time.