Explaining the Origin of Life is not Enough for a Definition of Life

Foundations of Science 16 (4):327-329 (2011)
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The comments focus on a presumed circular reasoning in the operator hierarchy and the necessity of understanding life’s origin for defining life. Below it is shown that its layered structure prevents the operator hierarchy from circular definitions. It is argued that the origin of life is an insufficient basis for a definition of life that includes multicellular and neural network organisms
Keywords Definition of life  First cell  Operator hierarchy  Artificial life  Astrobiology
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