reply to post by LeaderofLostSouls
It is a loaded and debatable topic; what defines life?
I'm not going into archives to explicitly define life but there are common denominators by those who try to define what life is. Lets try to reach a
core basal composition of defining life.
Life can be looked at from numerous perspectives, all of which would contain a physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, intellectual or
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Does that define a plant to you? A plant IS life, and it is believed that talking to a plant enhances its growth, only arousing caution if said plant
answers. I rule out language to define life, a paramecium has never answered any of my questions, maybe it just didn't understand them>?!
So said example of a plant should also rule out deliberate locomotion, the plant stays where I put it, and it doesn't get all emotional about it,
well, at least it doesn't communicate its distress to me (outside of my own observations of ill health of said plant). Out goes the emotional aspect
to define life. Does the plant believe in God? Does it use reverse psychology to teach its siblings, wow all of the sudden that above description
isn't holding much water, at least a paramecium does that!
Intellect is not a requirement for life unless you think a virus thinks, me thinks it reacts to chemical stimuli, nothing more, but it is alive. Gosh
all we have left from above requirements is a social life, I suppose said author never interviewed a polar bear. Strike out.
Deliberate locomotion is out, (I'm overlooking metaphysical stuff OK?), not a requirement, All we have left is physical, but most agree reproduction
is a basal requirement to define life, after all if you die with no kids your legacy life is over.
So a physical entity that can reproduce, or propagate is what I have left, and stars do that.
They come into existence, create life, (or are life we don't understand), they die and new stars form from their debris. Is that life? Meets the
basal requirements does it not? It eats, it excretes, it creates life, it lives (mutates elemental ingestion into a different expulsion) and moves and
dies and reproduces. Life!?
One exploration of defining the animate and the inanimate is exactly as I just stated by a child prodigy in the
William Sidis archives.
If you are interested in exploring what life can be defined as this is an
interesting take of describing the basal requirements and gives a sense of elapsed time in observation of suspected life to consider why we may not
recognize life as being alive due to a different time frame of said existences comparatively.
Interestingly enough at the time Sidis was living the sciences were but in infancy, but he tried to define life as an entity that can exert more than
it consumes, and considered chemical involuntary reactions as being a simulation of that, when one considers nitro glycerin. LOL!
Why consider what defines life? I don't know, I'm more interested if said life can paint my house, but strangely curious if it can't.