On the definition of life

Abel Schejter*, Joseph Agassi

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Schrödinger's definition of life needs a slight modification to absorb the criticism of it. It is the comparison of the entropy level of a system before and after a process which makes one view it as living: we consider the stability of the deviation from the probable a sign of life. This explains why we do not hesitate to consider as remnants of living systems skeletons and fossils anywhere and physical culture on any archeological site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1994


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