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 Is anything alive? If so, define life. (51)

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Is anything alive? If so, define life.

What really proves that something is alive as opposed to an inanimate object mimicking that which is alive?
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Life is a concept used for labeling differentiated classes of objects. What constitutes life is conceptually indeterminant and somewhat arbitrary. Like any term or concept it can be altered by context, so the important information will be the relevant contextual information in the discussion. For instance, "life" in a discussion on biology will likely signify something different than in a discussion about AI or abortion. As long as parties to the conversation are on roughly the same page, minor discrepancies in usage should not be a significant issue.

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Context is everything, content is for the fools to get hooked on.

Jace(4266) Clarified
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What do you mean by "content"?

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Life is knowing God through Jesus Christ, knowing your sins are forgiven and you are going to Heaven, knowing you have eternal life. If you don't have life from God, all you have is dying from sin.

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It all makes sense now, thanks for clearing it up I was so confused until I read that! :D

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Life is a series of self sustaining chemical reactions.

So, yes, many things are alive.

Lopilulu(267) Disputed
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All life fails to self sustain. Even the most basic funghi and bacteria need other things to sustain their lifeforce.

JatinNagpal(693) Disputed Banned
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What does that mean?

'Other than things'?

You mean soul?

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All living things consist of the same basic components: the ability to grow and adapt, the ability to develop physically, being made up of living cells, requiring some outside substance to sustain life force, etc. There are many things that are scientifically "living" but if you are referring to sentient life then only humans are truly alive.

Lopilulu(267) Disputed
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What makes chimpanzees less sentient than clinically retarded humans?

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Chimpanzees are close enough on the evolutionary tree that they exist in a gray area of sentience. The clinically retarded (depending on exactly what is wrong with them) have little to no experience of the world around them. At least not to the full extent compared to someone who is not clinically retarded. The clinically retarded can still experience the world but will not feel the same kind of emotions as someone who is mentally normal. Therefore someone who is clinically retarded (once again depending on their condition) is not as sentient as someone who is not.

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Life is an incurable sexually transmitted disease.

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Lopilulu(267) Disputed
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Instead of being vague or trying to be amusing, could you please break that down for me and others who are not so metaphorically inclined?

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Life is anything that isn't dead ; )

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An organism is alive when it has a soul.........................................................................................................

Lopilulu(267) Disputed
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Actually this is incorrect.

According to scripture, the organism is not really alive at all but is a vessel to the eternally living soul.

Sitar(2600) Clarified
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Fair enough, I agree now......................................................................................

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"What really proves that something is alive as opposed to an inanimate object mimicking that which is alive?"

Now if you can't figure out your own posting then you really aren't quite as "Brilliant" as you make yourself out to be.

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Can you figure out if I figured it out?

outlaw60(5598) Disputed Banned
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No need for me to figure it out but there is some confusion on your part !

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Life is the opposite of death. It's the anti-death. Is anything really dead? Define death - because life is the reverse.