Chemická abiogeneze: umělecké pojetí přeměněné do vědecké reality

  • S. Civiš Ústav fyzikální chemie J. Heyrovského, AV ČR, Praha
  • A. Knížek Ústav fyzikální chemie J. Heyrovského, AV ČR, Praha | Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, Katedra fyzikální a makromolekulární chemie, Praha
  • P. Civiš Laboratoř Imaging s.r.o., Praha
Klíčová slova: Hieronymus Bosch, fotokatalytická redukce, původ života, koloběh uhlíku


Scientists have been striving to find a theory which would describe the origin of life on Earth for centuries, so far without success. To succeed in solving these problems, one has to broaden their view, to approach the scientific subject from a philosophical standpoint, to set firmly a framework of the research and to define its borders. In order to asses the philosophical contribution of the work, one need not resort to new ideas only, because many ideas have already been expressed in the past. Such concepts are nowadays often remembered only in History of arts and Philosophy classes. In our recent article published in Nature Astronomy, we have presented a very complex model for the creation of methane and its reprocessing to more complex organic molecules including nucleic acid bases from simple gaseous precursors.  The purpose of this work is to show the repeating cycle of the creation of complex molecules from CO2 and their subsequent destruction back to their basic parent molecules in the light of the 500-year-old idea of the creation of life by Hieronymus Bosch.