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Record number 411481
Title Explaining the Origin of Life is not Enough for a Definition of Life
Author(s) Jagers Op Akkerhuis, G.A.J.M.
Source Foundations of Science 16 (2011)4. - ISSN 1233-1821 - p. 327 - 329.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-010-9209-4
Department(s) CE - Molecular Ecology Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract 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.
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