This is part of a series: Define Life
In my previous post, I tried to make a more precise definition of life. Now, I’ll list some practical ramifications of it.
- Life is a machine
A self-sustaining factory is a type of machine
- The value of life is the value that its creator places on it – including human life
- If we were created by the god of the Jews and Christians, then every human being is extremely precious
- If we were created by evolution – a mere natural process – then the value of our lives comes from the same source as the value of any other product of nature. We would be only as valuable as the things we can produce. Adolf Hitler understood this, which is why he created Action T4 – the predecessor to the holocaust
- It is possible for humans to understand all the inner workings of living things
- It is possible for humans to reverse-engineer life
- It is possible for humans to invent new species
- It is possible for humans to create life that’s built on technologies that are completely different from what God’s creatures are made of
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