A new view of life.

The problem with defining “life” has bedeviled biology throughout its history, and still there is no agreed resolution. But one of the best ways to characterize living entities is not through any of the features or properties usually considered to define it, such as replication, metabolism, or evolution. Rather, living entities are generators of meaning.

A new view of life by Philip Ball
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1535, 5-9 (2024) – Read more
(An edited extract from How Life Works)