What Is Life? #1: What Do We Mean When We Ask, “What Is Life?”

“What Is Life?” is an eight-episode podcast series recorded in front of a live audience. (Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, via RSS, etc.) For the first episode, I spoke to the philosopher Carlos Mariscal.

Mariscal, a professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, collaborates with evolutionary biologists and astrobiologists to explore what it means to be alive. When we ask what is life, Mariscal suggests, we may be asking the wrong question.

Carlos Mariscal at UNLV.
“Life and Only Life: A Radical Alternative to Life Definitionism.” Synthese 2018. You can grab this paper, and others, on Mariscal’s research page.

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What Is Life? was recorded in front of a live audience at Caveat in New York and is supported by a grant from Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative. Artwork by Caryn Audenried.

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New York Times columnist. New book: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity http://bit.ly/SheHasHerMothersLaugh

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