Explaining the Origin of Life is not Enough for a Definition of Life
Author: Jagers op Akkerhuis, Gerard
Source: Foundations of Science, Volume 16, Number 4, November 2011 , pp. 327-329(3)
Abstract:The comments focus on a presumed circular reasoning in the operator hierarchy and the necessity of understanding life’s origin for defining life. Below it is shown that its layered structure prevents the operator hierarchy from circular definitions. It is argued that the origin of life is an insufficient basis for a definition of life that includes multicellular and neural network organisms.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Alterra, Centre for Ecosystem Studies, Wageningen, UR, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Email: Gerard.Jagers@wur.nl
Publication date: 2011-11-01