Thursday, September 4, 2008

"There Is No Life Force" - P.C.W. Davies (ISBN 0618592261; 2007):

Paul Davies (PhD{physics} UCL) writes in "Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe is Just Right for Life"((ISBN 0618592261; 2007):

"two hundred years ago, many scientists were content to treat life as a fundamental phenomenon because they believed that some sort of life force or vital essence was responsible for the remarkable qualities that living organisms display [...] today we know that there is no life force. Living organisms are machines, and they derive their extraordinary qualities from their great complexity. What makes life special is not the stuff of which it is made, but the things it does [p.224]."
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