TED Conversations

peter lindsay

Physics Teacher,

TEDCRED 50+

This conversation is closed.

A universal definition of life.

Any entity that has the ability to store and exchange information autonomously.
Perhaps as we move through the next millenium we will need a definition of life that is this general. It may be needed to classify artificial life or to classify alien life. We may find life forms so different to ourselves that the only recognisable feature is information management. It might also help us to identify the point at which a person is no longer alive.

Topics: afterlife death life
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Aug 24 2012: Life is interaction between matter which is able to sustain itself and reproduce to keep its interaction (its own existence) going. This definition is of course is regards to living things. On a larger scale Life is everything there is. And the definition for that would be: Life is the interaction between all forms and their environments. This very interaction then creates an interdependence for all participants.

    To simplify it even more: Life is participation.

    peace,wisdom,prosperity for all...

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.