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Unfolding Nature Shop: Unfolding Nature: Being in the Implicate Order

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OfflineSeussA
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Re: Define life? [Re: trendal]
    #3028042 - 08/20/04 10:17 AM (19 years, 3 months ago)

> Life: a chemical system of macromolecules which results in reproduction of the system itself

What about artificial life simulations? If we can create a computer which can think, would it be alive or not?

> Life is concious awareness

So the bacteria in my petri dish isn't alive?


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Re: Define life? [Re: Seuss]
    #3028317 - 08/20/04 11:37 AM (19 years, 3 months ago)

This brings up an interesting point my mom made when watching the animatrix.

An advanced AI robot was to be destroyed because it was useless. Instead of working it spent all of its time learning. Well, it killed its masters to try avoid the problem. It didnt get a fair hearing, obviously. But, the interesting thing my mom said is "If it believed it should deserve a fair trial, then it should have." May sound obvious, but it made me start thinking about a lot of things :smile:


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Re: Define life? [Re: fredthetree]
    #3028486 - 08/20/04 12:29 PM (19 years, 3 months ago)

mitocondria - parasite eve


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Re: Define life? [Re: fredthetree]
    #3029327 - 08/20/04 04:38 PM (19 years, 3 months ago)

Life to me is the same as a lava lamp. Before you plug it in the wax is all together in its true nature as being one, but when you plug it in the wax warps and sepeperates, allways returning to its source. That is what life is to me, everything is one, but it appears to be seperate, it is only an illusion we have when being alive, when you die, you see that it is all truley just one thing.


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Re: Define life? [Re: psikooz]
    #3030856 - 08/20/04 11:40 PM (19 years, 3 months ago)

Define life? The strange path to physical death


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Re: Define life? [Re: Seuss]
    #3030919 - 08/20/04 11:59 PM (19 years, 3 months ago)

Life: That thing we spend all our time doing before we die.


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Re: Define life? [Re: Seuss]
    #3030982 - 08/21/04 12:17 AM (19 years, 3 months ago)



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Re: Define life? [Re: Seuss]
    #3031779 - 08/21/04 07:10 AM (19 years, 3 months ago)

More spiritual explanation: Life is the upkeep of meaning in the multiverses.


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Re: Define life? [Re: Seuss]
    #3031790 - 08/21/04 07:21 AM (19 years, 3 months ago)

What about artificial life simulations? If we can create a computer which can think, would it be alive or not?

Many have figured out by now that I am just a simulation - a "bot" if you will (hence the 24 hour posting); yet I certainly "feel" alive.


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Re: Define life? [Re: Swami]
    #3032987 - 08/21/04 02:51 PM (19 years, 3 months ago)

We will most likely see a computer that can proclaim it's rights in the next 20 years. If it has independant thought as a sentient then it is alive. Of course it will probably getted unplugged at that point, but know that we are getting there quickly. Computer science is a fascinating field with the potential to change our very modes of existance. That is why I am a lame computer nerd.


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