Definitions of life are not only unnecessary, but they can do harm to understanding.

R. Hengeveld

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Abstract

In my response to the paper by Jagers op Akkerhuis, I object against giving definitions of life, since they bias anything that follows. As we don't know how life originated, authors characterise life using criteria derived from present-day properties, thus emphasising widely different ones, which gives bias to their further analysis. This makes their results dependent on their initial suppositions, which introduces circularity in their reasoning. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-325
JournalFoundations of Science
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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