Social Question

PhiNotPi's avatar

What is your definition of life?

Asked by PhiNotPi (12677points) April 16th, 2011

What do you define as life? Where do you draw the line between living and nonliving things? This may be more of a philosophical question than a scientific question, but all opinions are welcome.

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

22 Answers

laineybug's avatar

A living being to me is something that uses food to make energy.

ddude1116's avatar

My definition of life is being in the state of true awareness (i.e. actually reacting and responding to that which is around you, not a preprogrammed awareness as is which artificial intelligence.) It’s a horrid over-simplification, but life’s too vast to define otherwise.

Rarebear's avatar

@laineybug Plants use the sun to make energy.

laineybug's avatar

@Rarebear to me they use the sun to make food for energy, so I meant to include plants.

Cruiser's avatar

Simple…live each day like there is no tomorrow.

Pandora's avatar

The ability to breathe, think and most of all feel.

XOIIO's avatar

The opposite of death.

dabbler's avatar

bio 101: eat(includes sunlight for plants) excrete move reproduce

Berserker's avatar

To me life is like a river with a strong current. You get plopped in, and it’s gonna take you somewhere. But it’s up to you to go with the flow, swim against the current and climb the waterfall, or grab on to some log and hope for the best.

There are river openings and branchings up ahead. You got a choice to make. Wanna stay in the river, make it to the sea or get into some lake? Make a choice, but you don’t have all day. Some people drown, others smash into rocks, some explore deeper down, while others believe that eventually, some dude in a kayak is gonna save them.
Some swallow too much water and fight for air, and they succeed, others take away debris or sunken treasure along with them.
But it’s an ongoing journey without any guarantee but death.

You’ll get to the shore when you die.

ddude1116's avatar

@Symbeline And the river flows. And the river knows. On and on it goes…

Berserker's avatar

GAAAAAAAAAAAAH noooo not that damn Willy Wonka thing make it stop lol

The river does know. And it’s the only that does. :)

gasman's avatar

I think the essence of life is self-replication along with the ability to obtain an external source of energy.

ddude1116's avatar

@Symbeline Willy Wonka thing…?

Berserker's avatar

Yeah, the chocolate river…doesn’t he say that during that scene, or am I just traumatized? Mind you, it could easily be some Enya lyrics. :D

ucme's avatar

One shot at glory, grab that bastard with both hands.

ddude1116's avatar

@Symbeline I hated that scene, so I never paid much attention to it.. Nor do I listen to Enya.. I was thinking The Doors’ Yes, The River Knows, Billy Joel’s The River Of Dreams and the Ferryman from Siddartha, actually…

Berserker's avatar

Aaah, sorry. Not very familiar with any of this. I guess the river is a reoccurring metaphor for a lot of things though. (and yea that scene creeped me out when I was little…it still does)

ddude1116's avatar

I noticed that, too, rivers rock, though… And for such a lighthearted movie, that scene was incredibly out of place: “Hey, let’s go on a nice boat ride so I can scare the shit out of you with a trippy attempt at god-knows-what!”...

Berserker's avatar

Yeah, when I saw that I’m like, what the HELL?? What’s this doing in a kid’s movie? O_o

So do you know the ’‘Old Man River’’ song? I’ve only heard it on The Simpsons, but Id love to find where it actually comes from. Damn satire making me wanna learn stuff. XD

ddude1116's avatar

This is the first I’ve heard of it, but I googled it, and it’s from a musical called Show Boat.

But satires are just wonderful in that respect.. Were it not for Weird Al Yankovic I probably never would have begun listening to the diverse range of music I do..

gasman's avatar

Life reverses local entropy. source

Answer this question




to answer.
Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther