What Do We Mean by “Life”?

In the broadest sense “life” means energy, but that’s not what most of us value

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Although scientists define “life” in a narrow, biological sense, I find it interesting that, in English at least, we generally use that word much more broadly to refer to anything that is capable of expending energy, like a fire. While it’s burning, a fire is “alive”, but afterward there is nothing but “dead” ashes.

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Jim Mason

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