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fizhburn's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by fizhburn

Quine,

I had the same thoughts.

There is some talk of a theory of bio- or abiogenesis. But this has to be strictly incorrect; rather we should see a theory of the ways in which various organic molecules self-organized into more and more complex replicating systems. The gradation between alive and not alive would have some arbitrary border, given to match approximately the folk concept that living things are different in kind from other replicating chemical machines (i.e. that molecules aren't alive, but bacteria, and maybe viruses, are).

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 09:13:00 UTC | #202985