The Parameters of Life

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Leavitt calls his colleagues (Hall, Stone, and Burton) in and challenges them to deny that the objects he presents them with are nonliving.

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  • JEREMY STONE
  • My fellow colleagues, I present you with three objects that, according to standard parameters, are classified as nonliving.
  • CHARLES BURTON
  • PETER LEAVITT
  • MARK HALL
  • 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.
  • IMPOSSIBLE!
  • How so?
  • 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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