What Is Life?

Submitted by: ElectricEye 3 years ago in Science

Should we define life just as we know it? Or should we keep the definition open?
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Male 1,016
I was hoping to hear as song ...
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Male 5,872
That`s a lot of evolution for six days.
FuzzySheeep.- Aphids.
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Male 653
@spanerbulb I thought the great thing about science was that it tended to be set in stone.
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Male 187
@Paperduck, asexual and sexual reproduction both have their advantages. Asexual reproduction produces an almost perfect copy. This means it takes many more generations to adapt and also means a single disease or change of circumstance could wipe out the entire population but it is more efficient and doesn`t require a mate. Sexual reproduction on the other hand creates variability (in a more stable way than random mutation) which lends itself to adaptability and greater flexibility. The other advantage of sexual reproduction is that partner selection makes it less likely that undesirable traits will get passed on as they are less likely to get selected as a mate.
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Male 1,243
All we need to do is take the scientific approach, define life as best as we can but be prepared to re-define if required. that`s the great thing about science ... it`s not set in stone.
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Male 1,745
5cats I`m not talking about homosexuality. This isn`t THAT argument. Now that our species sexually reproduces, of course its the most effective way to reproduce. I`m saying it doesn`t make sense for that kind of reproduction to arise. How is sexual reproduction more effective than asexual reproduction?
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Male 40,772
@paperduck: No.

All things USED TO reproduce "asexually" but that was LESS EFFECTIVE than duo-sexual reproduction.

Sure! SOME critters are still a-sexual or hermaphrodites, BUT the vast majority are TWO SEXES. Period. Not "homosexual" either, NONE are pure homosexuals...

Why? Because both evolution & Mother Nature say: heterosexuality is #1!
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Male 39,955

Life is a sexually transmitted terminal condition.
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Male 49
~2:15 Boobs divide...What was I watching again?
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Male 1,065
Life is what happens when you`re busy making other plans - John Lennon
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Male 39,955

Life is a bitch.
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Male 1,745
There are some things in life that are unnecessary if it was only a mechanism collect energy and reproduce, and they come at a great cost with not much gained (for the stated goal)... For example, sexual reproduction doesn`t really make sense. All species would be a lot more adaptable if they reproduced asexually, and still meet the objective. When it comes to humans, we`re rife with characteristics that exist for what seem like serve no real purpose (from chemical reaction`s point of view) other than what seems to make our lives more interesting and enjoyable. It would make sense if we were all just like bushes absorbing sun energy and making seeds, or there-abouts..
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Male 7,031

It`s either a dull cereal or a tedious board game.
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Male 2,729
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