The Nature of Life

HOD LIPSON AND JORDAN P. POLLACK The Nature of Life, ed. M.A. Bedau and C.E. Cleland. Published by Cambridge University Press. # M.A. Bedau and C.E. Cleland 2010. No.125F=0.06 No.175F=0.08 20 • A giant step towards artificial life?


Author: Mark A. Bedau

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139488655

Category: Science


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Bringing together the latest scientific advances and some of the most enduring subtle philosophical puzzles and problems, this book collects original historical and contemporary sources to explore the wide range of issues surrounding the nature of life. Selections ranging from Aristotle and Descartes to Sagan and Dawkins are organised around four broad themes covering classical discussions of life, the origins and extent of natural life, contemporary artificial life creations and the definition and meaning of 'life' in its most general form. Each section is preceded by an extensive introduction connecting the various ideas discussed in individual chapters and providing helpful background material for understanding them. With its interdisciplinary perspective, this fascinating collection is essential reading for scientists and philosophers interested in astrobiology, synthetic biology and the philosophy of life.

The Nature of Life

We are thus led to assume that during a certain period of development the two stimulations acted simultaneously and together, as if they were of the samenature.But innumerable otherexperiments canandought tobe made forthesame purpose, ...


Author: R. Rignano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317829782

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Nature of Life and Death

This is a lifetime's endeavor. ... had been out together and, on the way home in the dark, instead of leaving her at her gate, he had forced her on another hundred meters or so into this wooded strip of 105 THE NATURE OF LIFE AND DEATH.


Author: Patricia Wiltshire

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780525542247

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

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A riveting blend of science writing and true-crime narrative that explores the valuable but often shocking interface between crime and nature--and the secrets each can reveal about the other--from a pioneer in forensic ecology and a trailblazing female scientist. From mud tracks on a quiet country road to dirt specks on the soles of walking boots, forensic ecologist Patricia Wiltshire uses her decades of scientific expertise to find often-overlooked clues left behind by criminal activity. She detects evidence and eliminates hypotheses armed with little more than a microscope, eventually developing a compelling thesis of the who, what, how, and when of a crime. Wiltshire's remarkable accuracy has made her one of the most in-demand police consultants in the world, and her curiosity, humility, and passion for the truth have guided her every step of the way. A riveting blend of science writing and true-crime narrative, The Nature of Life and Death details Wiltshire's unique journey from college professor to crime fighter: solving murders, locating corpses, and exonerating the falsely accused. Along the way, she introduces us to the unseen world all around us and underneath our feet: plants, animals, pollen, spores, fungi, and microbes that we move through every day. Her story is a testament to the power of persistence and reveals how our relationship with the vast natural world reaches far deeper than we might think.

The Nature of Life and Its Potential to Survive

In that sense, machine technologies—in silico life—might then be the best prospect for life's long-term survival. Less endangered by radiation than living organisms (Dienococcus and its ilk excepted), and likely (maybe hopefully) less ...


Author: David S. Stevenson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319529110

Category: Science

Page: 456

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This book looks at the persistence of life and how difficult it would be to annihilate life, especially a species as successful as humanity. The idea that life in general is fragile is challenged by the hardiness of microbes, which shows that astrobiology on exoplanets and other satellites must be robust and plentiful. Microbes have adapted to virtually every niche on the planet, from the deep, hot biosphere, to the frigid heights of the upper troposphere. Life, it seems, is almost indestructible. The chapters in this work examine the various scenarios that might lead to the extermination of life, and why they will almost always fail. Life's highly adaptive nature ensures that it will cling on no matter how difficult the circumstances. Scientists are increasingly probing and questioning life's true limits in, on and above the Earth, and how these limits could be pushed elsewhere in the universe. This investigation puts life in its true astronomical context, with the reader taken on a journey to illustrate life's potential and perseverance.

Life Its Nature Varieties and Phenomena Also Times and Seasons

369 Homology 330 in plants 331 Hope 185 the breath of life 186 Humboldt , quoted 31 , 68 Hunger , considerations upon 38 the ... rationale of 278 Inactivity , destructive results of 219 Inorganic nature , life of 10 , 69 Insanity .


Author: Leopold Hartley Grindon


ISBN: OXFORD:590443349



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Art Life Nature in Japan

This sifting and sorting adds the vitality of the artist's genius to nature's life and motion; the impression of the moment is not hurried at once from the eyes to the fingers. I ought to add that the minds of the mediaeval Japanese ...


Author: Masaharu Anesaki

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462912292

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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The artistic and philosophical heritage of Japan has a special meaning for the modern world. During the present century, Japanese thought and Japanese art have exerted a strong influence on the western mind. Art, Life, and Nature in Japan takes us to the roots of Japanese culture and the origins of this influence. In this brief but deeply meaningful book Masaharu Anesaki provides a panoramic view of Japanese culture, with particular emphasis on the spirit of Japanese art. The book has, in fact, established itself as a classic, and it ranks with such other valuable works of its time as The Book of Tea, in which Kakuzo Okakura deals with a similar theme. Anesaki expresses himself in crystal-clear English to convey a message that is significant today as it was before World War II, when his book first appeared. He advocates peace and a turning inward to the beauty of art and nature. He is as familiar with the Zen philosophy of the samurai and the tea master as with sentiments of ancient court noblemen and the quiet thought of a humble peasant.

Foundations of Astronomy

The Nature of Life WHAT IS LIFE? Philosophers have struggled with that question for thousands ofyears (How Do We Know? 26-1), and it is not possible to answer it completely in one chapter or even one book.


Author: Michael A. Seeds

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781133711100

Category: Science

Page: 672

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Fascinating, engaging, and extremely visual, Foundations of Astronomy Twelth Edition emphasizes the scientific method throughout as it guides students to answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know? Updated with the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, authors Michael Seeds and Dana Backman discuss the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, while providing not only fact but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Encyclopedia Americana

... for example, were in some respects transitional between Kant and Hegel. But they differed from both Kant and Hegel by seizing on principles they took to be prior to all forms of rationality but central to the nature of life.




ISBN: UOM:39015015491569

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries


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Religion and Mental Health

Meditation , after - life , life energy , rebirth and the ultimate nature of life are discussed from a non - dogmatic viewpoint . Material on altered states of consciousness and death - related phenomena are useful for counseling near ...




ISBN: UCR:31210023565813

Category: Government publications

Page: 401

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References to 1836 journal articles, dissertations, and books published since 1970. Also contains foreign-language titles. Focuses on literature dealing with the theoretical and practical relationships between religion and mental health. Classified arrangement. Each entry gives bibliographical information and abstract. Author, subject indexes.

Popular Science

All this indicates a very contracted view of the nature of life. Chlorophyll, respiration, vegetable, animal and protoplasm are earthly phenomena which may exist nowhere else: their place may be taken in other worlds by other phenomena ...






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