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To: TigersEye

I remain in the camp that viruses aren’t alive. They don’t eat or metabolize at all, they don’t reproduce, and they do nothing if there aren’t other living things around for them to subvert. They can only trick other living things into making more copies of themselves. Being able to passively defeat an immune system changes nothing. To me, they aren’t living beings, they’re loophole-like pathological special cases of replication gone wrong.


12 posted on 03/01/2013 10:37:52 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

The categories “living organism” and “not a living organism” do not exist in nature.

They are artificial constructs we create due to the overwhelming human compulsion to put things into categories as a way of mentally dealing with them.

IOW, the map (human representation) is not the territory (reality).

So whether a virus is a living organism or not is dependent entirely on the definition you choose to use for “living organism.”


14 posted on 03/01/2013 10:42:34 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: coloradan

Hmmm. Interesting way to look at it. There is no doubt they are very strange things. Yet they do mutate into new types don’t they? I am thinking of the new strains of flu viruses and their like.


16 posted on 03/01/2013 11:01:59 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: coloradan

Don’t they always tell us the flu shot can’t make us sick because it is a “dead” virus?


20 posted on 03/02/2013 6:15:32 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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