Nonliving Quotes (4 quotes)
All living things need their instruction manual (even nonliving things like viruses) and that is all they need, carried in one very small suitcase.
Perhaps the problem is the seeming need that people have of making black-and-white cutoffs when it comes to certain mysterious phenomena, such as life and consciousness. People seem to want there to be an absolute threshold between the living and the nonliving, and between the thinking and the merely mechanical, ... But the onward march of science seems to force us ever more clearly into accepting intermediate levels of such properties.
The special vital forces that distinguish living things from the nonliving are emergent, holistic properties, not properties of their physiochemical components. Nor can they be explained in mechanistic terms.
The task of asking nonliving matter to speak and the responsibility for interpreting its reply is that of physics.