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Author Topic:   December, 2010, Posts of the Month
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Message 3 of 17 (594054)
12-01-2010 12:46 PM

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Catholic Scientist doesn't get a lot of these, I suspect, but I thought Message 111 was a very excellent, clear, and high-quality post:

Author: Catholic Scientist
Forum: Origin of Life
Thread: What is Life?
Message 111

The difference between the non-living and the living is like the difference between yellow and blue. Sure, I know yellow or blue when I see them, but when you get down to the gnat's ass, you find the green stuff in between that cannot be easily said to be on the yellow or blue side.

A really clear and illustrated way to explain a concept that's actually quite difficult for people to get a handle on - the notion that most of physical existence is on a continuum but our categories invariably assume discreet states.

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