Defining Life – Is It A Process?

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This is part of a series: Define Life

I found an interesting view on what life is: Life is a Process, Not a Thing – The Mantle.  In it, JoJo Brisendine argues that life is best understood not as a system that copies and spreads a particular strand of DNA, but as a system that neutralizes free energy.

It’s a reductionist view that emphasizes the flow of energy in living things above all, and says that every other part and phenomenon related to life is a natural result of that process.  It’s a reaction against 2 other views:

  1.  Ferris Jabr – Life is nothing more than a concept – life does not really exist
  2. The currently popular view among evolutionary biologists that RNA is the original self-copying molecule that eventually turned into us

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