Grandpierre, A. 2014, Biologically Organized Quantum Vacuum And The Cosmic Origin Of Cellular Life. Published in: Phenomenology of Space and Time. Book 1. The Forces of the Cosmos and the Ontopoietic Genesis of Life. Series: Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 116, Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa (Ed.) 2014, Chapter 11. http://www.springer.com/philosophy/book/978-3-319-02014-3
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We point out that the origin of life cannot be understood without a closer look at the nature of life. Therefore we present here, for the first time, ten fundamental biological facts opening new avenues to address the question of the cosmic origin of cellular life. We find that all living beings, including cells, have a genuine biological autonomy that acts with the help of spontaneous, physically indeterminate or arbitrary cellular decisions that initiate quantum effects in support of biological aims. We propose that these biologically initiated spontaneous processes are assisted by vacuum processes. A natural corollary arises, telling that biological processes organize the quantum vacuum processes of living organisms from below the physical level, which in turn strongly suggests that biology is more fundamental than physics. We point out that just as the functions played by the forwards in a well-trained football team cannot be assigned externally by a series of physical forces acting on the bodies of the football players, biological aims and functions cannot be attached to physico-chemical structures of the first cell of the Cosmos by merely physico-chemical processes, but must be assigned by a more general cosmic life form pre-existing before the first cell and containing it like mother its foetus. This would indicate that the Cosmos is not only the source of stars, galaxies, and cosmic clouds, but also of biologically initiated and organized cosmic “forces“ pre-existing in the vacuum and, ultimately, the Cosmic Subject.