What is "Life"?

This month will be another themed set of topics, revolving around Biology.  These meetings will be co-moderated by our resident Biology expert Ryan McKenna and the topics will run roughly this-a-way:

Science Week: "Biology's Identity Crisis", a discussion of the "species" concept and, more generally, methods of biological diversification. 

Philosophy Week: "What is 'Life'?"  A discussion of the "essence", if such there be, of the category term "life" that some of us use some of the time. 

Pushing the Envelope Week: "The Gaea Hypothesis", considering the entire biosphere, "mother nature" herself, as an organism, a "life form".  Are there good reasons to do so?  What might that entail?

Text Week: "What is Life" by Erwin Schrodinger. 

A PDF copy can be found here.

  There appear to be some odd typos near the beginning which get much more rare after page 1.  I don't know what that is about. 

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  • Gretchen

    Excellent discussion on a challenging topic. Thanks! We really heated up the room!

    September 11, 2013

  • Tom J.

    Very nice conversation, interesting people and some laughs as well. Still didn't define "Life". ;)

    September 11, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Super discussion. Acoustics were tough at times.

    September 11, 2013

  • Valarie B.

    Won't be able to come tonight after all...feeling under the weather. Will be anxiously awaiting our next meet ;) See you next month.

    September 11, 2013

  • Steve S.

    There is a nice sequel to Schrodinger's book: "What is Life? The Next Fifty Years". It's a collection of short articles by notables.

    I don't know if I'll be free on the 11th.

    September 6, 2013

  • Valarie B.

    Looking forward to it :)

    September 6, 2013

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