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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: Sherman Logan

If I could rate posts, I’d give yours an A+.


15 posted on 03/01/2013 10:46:26 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Sherman Logan

I don’t disagree with you at all, which is why I began my post “I remain in the camp” rather than “Viruses aren’t alive.” Then again, any category that can be spoken of is just a human construct too, nobody would be talking about anything if we weren’t here. Nevertheless, categories are useful constructs which is why we make them.

I presented reasons to reject viruses as being alive, with which others are free to argue.


19 posted on 03/02/2013 6:14:16 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Are you channeling Alfred Korzybski?
34 posted on 03/03/2013 12:46:23 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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