Samir’s Selection 03/12/2014 (p.m.)
Why Nothing Is Truly Alive
In fact, nothing is truly alive… Why is it so difficult for scientists to cleanly separate the living and nonliving and make a final decision about ambiguously animate viruses? Because they have been trying to define something that never existed in the first place. Here is my conclusion: Life is a concept, not a reality… “life” is an idea. We find it useful to think of some things as alive and others as inanimate, but this division exists only in our heads. Not only is defining life futile, but it is also unnecessary to understanding how living things work. Ferris Jabr is a freelance writer and an associate editor at Scientific American.
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