RE: [asa] What is life? (letters in Raleigh News & Observer)

From: Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu>
Date: Tue Oct 16 2007 - 12:46:13 EDT

Answer the question to the best of your knowledge and ability. Thais is all.

 

Moorad

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From: PvM [mailto:pvm.pandas@gmail.com]
Sent: Tue 10/16/2007 12:28 PM
To: Alexanian, Moorad
Cc: AmericanScientificAffiliation
Subject: Re: [asa] What is life? (letters in Raleigh News & Observer)

What makes you think I am dishonest?

On 10/16/07, Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu> wrote:
> Quit stalling and answer this legitimate question honestly.
>
> Moorad
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: PvM [mailto:pvm.pandas@gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:36 AM
> To: Alexanian, Moorad
> Cc: AmericanScientificAffiliation
> Subject: Re: [asa] What is life? (letters in Raleigh News & Observer)
>
> The relevance being?
>
> On 10/16/07, Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu> wrote:
> > Suppose evolutionary theory can thoroughly explain altruism. Given
> that
> > knowledge, what data do you need about a particular individual in
> order
> > to predict or give the corresponding probabilities that that
> individual
> > is an altruist or not.
> >
> > Moorad
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: PvM [mailto:pvm.pandas@gmail.com]
> > Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 11:13 PM
> > To: Alexanian, Moorad
> > Cc: AmericanScientificAffiliation
> > Subject: Re: [asa] What is life? (letters in Raleigh News & Observer)
> >
> > What is one to make of such ad hoc claims? Proof by assertion seems
> > rather circular an approach here.
> >
> > Let's take the concept of altruism, surely as nonphysical as any of
> > the ones claimed by Alex, and yet we can study it, and even find
> > plausible evolutionary explanations for it. So what am I to make of
> > such assertions? Perhaps responding to it already makes too much of
> > them, but I am really attempting to understand the logic involved.
> >
> > On 10/14/07, Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Consciousness and rationality are purely nonphysical, since purely
> > physical devices cannot detect them, and can only be "detected" by the
> > self in humans. In addition, life cannot be reduced to the purely
> > physical, so living beings are both physical and nonphysical.
> >
>

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