CRiO = Collaborative for Research in Origins
What do we seek to understand?
Life is a global-scale bio-geo-chemical phenomenon. To understand it, we must understand the geophysical context of life’s presence on our planet.
How does CRiO fit in with my learning goals?
The guiding hypothesis of CRiO is that life will arise given the availability of 4 components:
organic raw materials, free energy from disequilibria, liquid water and time; but our caveat is also that the first steps to life are the most diffcult and that evolution has no direction.
The late Stanley Miller used to say that “the origin of life is the origin of Darwinian evolution”. In the spirit of that statement, we view a plausible corollary as: “the origin of evolution is the origin of information.” The Earth’s crust provides the ultmate template for biological evolution. To understand how life emerged and diversified, we need to know the nature of the Earth’s mantle and crust, its transformation, and how it interacts with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. To understand this evolution, we need to understand the planet. To understandthe planet, we need to study rocks.