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What are the boundaries of life?
Christoph Adami's talk has me thinking about the boundaries of life.. because my first thought was: well, shouldn't life be able to transcend borders and/or limitations through mutation? We evolved from sludge to a point where we even have artificial 'skins' (aka suits) to go diving or into outer space.
Also, a virus can mutate so it can infect other species than the one they've been living in.. from birds to humans, for example.. (at least, those are the ones we -really- care about!)
But then I figured it's all pretty much the same realm, right? Just like his artifical life has no way to 'see' beyond the world that was created for them, it's quite possible that we can't either.. maybe that's we have defined as different dimensions? We can't live in those other dimensions, because we don't have the right building blocks available in this one!
Closing Statement from Marcel Paans
I'm afraid this conversation hasn't gone far into exploring my initial question. I may not have stated my question in the best way possible. But then, I guess it's a pretty hard concept to convey. It basically wasn't that far away from the Buddhist concept of "your reality may just be a projection". But I tried to be a bit more concrete about it.
Thanks to Adriaan and Vishneswar for responding, and anyone else for reading!