Are Sperm a Living Creature?

Alexander Berezin berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA
Sun Dec 29 13:35:30 EST 1996



On 29 Dec 1996, Dr. Michael T. MacDonell wrote:

> In <Pine.SOL.3.91.961229114117.16136B-100000 at mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA>
> berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA (Alexander Berezin) writes: 
> >
> >
> >
> >On Sun, 29 Dec 1996, Sid Lipkin wrote:
> >
> >> Always wondered this...Is human sperm classed as a living creature?
> >
> >It depends on your definition of life. Some say
> >that computer viruses are also living beings.
> >And so are the cars: they do multiply 
> >(on car factories) using the environment (assembly
> >workers) for their reproduction and their is
> >Dawrinian competition for survival between 
> >variuous breeds of cars.


> 
> Some say that the earth rides through the universe on the back of a
> giant turtle!
> 

I suggest that you read "Physics of Immortality" by
Frank Tipler (Doubleday, 1994). There is also a 
growing follow up literature to this problem (that is
the definition of life). Then you see that your
joke on turtle misses the point.
Alex Berezin

 
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