The definition of life

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Yuuki
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The definition of life

Post by Yuuki » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:03 am

I have to write about a scientific exhibit I went in the past week.
I've been to Theo Jansen's "strandbeest" (http://www.strandbeest.com/) exhibit.
At the exhibit, it said that these "strandbeest"s were "new forms of life".
However, I didn't think that "strandbeests" are a living thing, and I decided to make that the main topic of my paper.

So in order to say that "strandbeest"s are not living, I decided to explain what exactly is life i.e. the definition of life.
But when I did research, there were so many explanation on what exactly is, and I couldn't choose one.

Basically what I'm asking here is the "definition of life" which I can use to say that "strandbeest"s are NOT a form of life.

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Post by JackBean » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:15 am

you cannot simply define life, because it's quite complex and diverse (especially in ligth of new discoveries post-127977.html :).
However, you can simply say it's not alive, because it cannot reproduce itself, repair itself and is dependent on its creator.
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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Post by JackBean » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:16 am

and of course, it's not aware of anything. It doesn't decide where to go or even whether to go at all.
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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