BIO: Defining "Life"

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Thu, 09 Jan 1997 20:21:24 -0600

> It has always seemed obvious to me that our narrow definition of life is
> hardly the criteria for such a vast place as the universe.

Life is traditionally defined as things that can move, reproduce, and so
on, but even this simple definition excludes mules, who are sterile.

I define Life as:
1) Anything designed primarily by evolution.
2) Anything sentient.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
everything I think I know.