What differentiates the living from the non-living?

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Originally posted by zoobyshoe
The tone of that post was frankly
exploratory; speculative, no
assertions were made.
The statement was interrogative. He was requesting comment on the merit of his alternative - as indicated by his having used a question mark.
 
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Originally posted by Mentat
The statement was interrogative. He was requesting comment on the merit of his alternative - as indicated by his having used a question mark.
I'm not sure who you mean.
By "that post" I was refering to
Pirwzwhomper's.
 
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Originally posted by Dissident Dan
Hawking seems to love to act like he knows things that he doesn't really. When was the last time that computer virus metabolized?
heh. I think he was using a definition that included stuff like viruses - not life as an entity but life-like behaviour. If one looks hard enough, I bet you can find analogies for metabolism etc everywhere. I am still firmly of the opinion that no clean line can be drawn because life doesn't exist in a special sense.
 
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You have no hint of a larger purpose other than day-to-day survival, a living death = non-living
 

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