RE: MD What is a living being?

From: johnny moral (
Date: Wed Apr 30 2003 - 18:18:16 BST

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    Hi Jonathan,

    >Biological evolution proceeds in small increments. It is humans who decide
    >when the accumulated increments add up to a species difference.

    I thought it had something to do with not being able to create fertile
    offspring. If they can create fertile offspring, they are the same species,
    if they can't, they are different species. Are there exceptions to this

    >Re: the subject thread, I think we all know the "qualities" that make
    >something alive, but it is difficult to decide if things like viruses and
    >prions have these qualities. It all gets fuzzy at the borders.
    >I would also like to add that "patterns" are defined by both static and
    >dynamic quality. The "static" part is made up of the constraints required
    >define the pattern. The dynamic part is the allowable variation (all the
    >non-defined part). You CAN step into the same river twice, because the
    >particular water-molecules that flow by are not part of the static
    >definition. (I hope that is not too cryptic).

    This is a good point, perhaps I have been meaning to simply say morality is
    "patterns" instead of "static patterns" all this time.


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