The meaning of life

September 13, 2007

It's a peculiar state of affairs -- biologists have learned more in the past decade about how living things work than we've learned collectively over the past several centuries -- and an intense debate has arisen over what to do about it. [...] Instead of trying to formulate a definition of life, we need to develop a theory of life -- an overarching explanation of nature that joins together a myriad of seemingly random phenomena.

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