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What are the 5 characteristics of life?

by Myriad209
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Myriad209
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Aug21-05, 04:02 PM
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I know this is easy, forgot my biology book though.
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Tau
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Aug21-05, 04:05 PM
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Check this out:

http://mimi.essortment.com/characteristics_rbrc.htm
Myriad209
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Aug21-05, 04:27 PM
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o_O The teacher said 5, oh well.

Brad Barker
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Aug22-05, 03:44 PM
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What are the 5 characteristics of life?

lol, in my class last year, we only had four characteristics of life:

use energy
complex structure
genetic code
ability to reproduce
Renge Ishyo
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Aug22-05, 08:08 PM
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There are five to be sure:

1. energy
2. structure
3. genetic code
4. ability to reproduce
5. stupidity
Pengwuino
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Aug22-05, 08:24 PM
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Quote Quote by Renge Ishyo
5. stupidity
Thats exclusive to adolescent humans
Brad Barker
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Aug22-05, 11:15 PM
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Thats exclusive to adolescent humans
i thought that was funny.
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Aug22-05, 11:56 PM
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Thats exclusive to adolescent humans
And Republicans.
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Aug23-05, 12:02 AM
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And Republicans.
At least we're above the single celled organisms called liberals
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Aug23-05, 12:18 AM
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I wondered how long that would take to get your attention. (What?! No Russ?!)
The only disagreement that I have with the posted answers is in relation to having a genetic code. That is a characteristic of all known Earth life. Although something is required to carry on the traits of the species, it does not necessarily have to involve genes.
Renge Ishyo
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Aug23-05, 12:23 AM
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Can you give an example where a living thing was able to pass on its traits without having a genetic code involved in the process? I am not being picky, just curious.
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Aug23-05, 02:42 PM
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No I can't, because all known life is Earth-based. Where I should have clarified my meaning involves what the definition of a 'gene' is. Since my definition of 'life' is not restricted to carbon-based, I cannot consider that the medium of characteristics-transferral is restricted to the chemicals involved in Earthly DNA. If a machine intelligence ever evolves, for instance, the traits would be passed on through programming code and construction designs.
FluxCapacitator
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Aug23-05, 06:24 PM
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It's good to note that since the definition of life is so widely argued, it's best to just go with what your textbook says. I remember getting into a huge arguement with my freshman biology teacher about it that lead to her disliking me for the rest of the year. It's just a lot easier to give the book's definition because most high school teachers get offended when you argue a good point.
Renge Ishyo
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Aug23-05, 06:25 PM
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Could be so, but it's probably just included because at this point having genes is a common link between all living things. The moment we have proof of a living thing not using genes as a way to transfer information, the scientific community will be forced to modify it's definition (or dub the old defintion "classical" and continue to teach it while treating the "new" form of life as a separate entity, power to laziness .
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Aug23-05, 06:35 PM
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Quote Quote by Renge Ishyo
Could be so, but it's probably just included because at this point having genes is a common link between all living things.
I have to agree with Fluxcap if you were asking in relation to a school course. Unless you have a progressive teacher, stick to the book in public. In private, investigate all that you can with an open mind. Although extraterrestrial life is not likely to be encountered within our lifetimes, I'm willing to bet that it won't be based upon DNA when it turns up. That would just be too much of a coincidence.
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Aug23-05, 06:38 PM
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Quote Quote by Danger
I have to agree with Fluxcap if you were asking in relation to a school course. Unless you have a progressive teacher, stick to the book in public. In private, investigate all that you can with an open mind. Although extraterrestrial life is not likely to be encountered within our lifetimes, I'm willing to bet that it won't be based upon DNA when it turns up. That would just be too much of a coincidence.
Thanks for validating my suspicion that there are people that are capable of rational thought, but just keep quiet about it to avoid trouble. :D
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Aug23-05, 07:09 PM
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I have more experience with stupid teachers than I would wish upon my worst enemy. That's one of the primary reasons that I never finished high-school. One of the best things that I see about PF is that someone with a different, yet practical, way of looking at things can interact with others about it to maintain his sanity, while still pretending to be subservient to the school boards or CEO's.
Renge Ishyo
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Aug23-05, 08:52 PM
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Well, you are free to think of any possibility you want, but ultimately for it to become science you have to provide evidence that supports your claim. People would still think Einstein was a nut for his "crazy" ideas had he not provided a way for people to test and verify his theories at a later point (when technology finally caught up to him).


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