EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2037 times:
Of course, there is more than one answer...
You could say, that something that is living is something that respires, however I feel that conciousness is a main part of life. Something that is not concious of its own existence (as it has no concious, ie. a tree) is living, but it does not have life, if you get what I mean. Its growing, but just because of biological and chemical reactions rather than humans who live on a completely different basis (thought, movement etc, our ability to control ourselves).
So I'd say, something that is concious of its own existence is living, but anything that respires and has the ability to grow has 'life'.
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
Gettin very philisophical We're nuts... I think one has achieved life when they do exciting things, and when they get what they want out of life. If you dont like what you do and you complain about it but do it everyday, you might as well be dead.
We're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
One of the less scientific definitions I have always liked is that the organism in question must display signs of self-preservation. For instance, if you throw a cat into a fire, it will try to escape. However, if you throw a plant into a fire, it will accept its fate and die there.