A possible definition of life.

Ed Rybicki ed at MOLBIOL.UCT.AC.ZA
Wed Apr 23 03:56:09 EST 1997


James Foster wrote:
 > 
 > Enter this on your unix workstation: mv 'which mv' new.copy.mv
 > That will replicate your copy command.  

Er...don't got no unix workstation...sorry, your life-form does not 
operate in this universe.

So:

"Life is the phenomenon associated with the self-replication of 
self-coding informational systems".

I like it about as well as the rabidly Dawkinist "Life: the result of 
non-random survival of randomly varying replicators".

                     Ed Rybicki, PhD  
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