A possible definition of life.

Michael D. Kersey mdkersey at hal-pc.org
Sun Apr 27 10:52:19 EST 1997


Matthew Stanfield wrote:
> 
> I have, what I consider, a possible definition of life.
> 
> I have been reading about Artificial Life (studying for college) and have hit
> upon what I think could be a definition of life (at least on Earth). But I am
> neither arrogant enough nor stupid enough to believe that this has not been
> thought of before and there are probably good reasons why this is not a good
> definition. Please could someone explain to me why the age-old problem of
> defining life is not solved by:
> 
> "Life (on Earth) consists of all things built by DNA."
> 
> Could you copy your replies to this thread by email please.
> 
> Thanks and regards,
>                      Matt

Hi Matt,

In the absence of any particular purpose or goal, I see no reason to
(re)define a term that has so many connotations and such a history of
heated debate. If you have such a _specific_ goal or purpose that you
wish to achieve by such a definition, you should share it. Absent that,
you post will have the same effect as any common troll, that is,
generate "much ado about nothing."

Michael D. Kersey
-- 
"I would gladly die for a man who was looking for the truth, but would
just as gladly kill a man who thought 
he had actually found it." -- Voltaire



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