The Parameters of Life
By najeebas, Updated
Leavitt calls his colleagues (Hall, Stone, and Burton) in and challenges them to deny that the objects he presents them with are nonliving.
My fellow colleagues, I present you with three objects that, according to standard parameters, are classified as nonliving.
Behold! A watch, a piece of granite and a sample of black cloth. I declare that all three of the specimens that I have just presented for you are, in fact, living things.
Because, these objects, for example, don't use energy for a purpose. And a rock is just a rock.
Ah, but if the cloth is warmed under a lamp, it will become hot and who's to say it doesn't have a purpose. The rock is just as alive, only we cannot see it moving or breathing because our own lifespan is a mere wink in its life. Who are we to determine what is living and nonliving?
You've made your point Peter. It is a possibility that we might not be able to analyze certain life forms. We must adjust our thinking. Good work Peter!
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