The line between life and not-life


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    November 13, 2011

    The Tea Party and the Republicans are on the not-life side of the line, right?

  2. #2 Achrachno
    November 13, 2011

    The Tea Party and the Republicans would benefit from seeing this. Might shake their world, just a little.

  3. #3 André Pineda
    November 14, 2011

    I feel like he oversold this quite a bit, calling whatever he was using “food” and calling division “replication” when there didn’t seem to be anything replicating. It’s definitely an interesting topic, but I wish he had been a little bit less sensationalist about it.

  4. #4 Tasha
    November 14, 2011

    Actually Andrea, when a cell divides that is replication. it literally makes a second set of cell parts and splits into two cells that each have as much stuff as the one cell they came from. I’m not a scientist, so I can’t explain it better, but I do remember that lecture in High School Biology. Cell division is pretty interesting.

  5. #5 hoary puccoon
    November 14, 2011

    Andre Pineda @ 3–

    You appear to have rather low standards for what constitutes sensationalism.

    The only thing I found sensational was the fact that very simple molecules can display behavior. Using obscure terms instead of plain words like food and reproduction would, in my opinion, have been unnecessary obfuscation.