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  1. #1 in-organic life ? 
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    http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/1367-2...njp7_8_263.pdf
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    What?


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    just because life is an example of a self-organising entity doesn't mean that anything that exhibits self-organisation is life
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    The report details that the molecules can divide into two original copies, combine with other molecules, are subject to the process of collective natural selection the have a stable thermodynamic regulaation and energy production system. Even if some qualitys are common in other configurations of matter it appears tthat they may either be life or be able to form more complex molecles which would become life.
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    I have chosen not to vote in the poll, since you did not offer the option "Who the **** knows?".
    Biologists - the clever ones at least - have generally avoided trying to define life. The plasma idea is interesting, but inconclusive. The paper is certainly worth a read, but I feel the researchers may be stretching a point.
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    that's really an interesting article. thanks for putting it here. Demarcation of living from non-living is a topic that can not be answered by materialistic western science!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulasthi
    Demarcation of living from non-living is a topic that can not be answered by materialistic western science!.
    I cannot agree with you on that point. The distinction between living and non-living is a matter of artificial classification. It is not, I suggest, an absolute. As such it can wholly be answered by materialistic western science. That it has not been conclusively answered to date is due more to the vagueness of the question than to any deficiency on the part of western science.

    As an aside are you suggesting that spiritual eastern religion could answer this question?
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