No one knows.
Life is aware of itself the moment it
becomes life, that much is
stimuli, is undoubtedly aroused to
some extent at even the lowest, most undeveloped stages of life's
It is impossible to tie the
consciousness to any particular point in life's history - to link it, for
instance, to the presence of a
The lowest animals have no
nervous systems, let alone
a cerebral cortex, and yet no
one dares deny that they are capable of responding to stimuli.
You can anesthetize life, life itself,
not just the special organs capable of
the response that
informs life, not just the
could temporarily suspend the
responses of every speck of living matter, in both the
plant and animal kingdoms,
narcotize eggs and sperm with chloroform,
chloral hydrate, or
Self-consciousness is an inherent function
of the right combination of matter once
it is organized as life, and
if that function is enhanced it
appears to turn against
the organism that strives to fathom and
explain the very
phenomenon that produced it, a
striving of life to comprehend itself, as
if nature were rummaging
around to find itself in
No one knows.
No one can pinpoint
when life first emerged from nature.
Nothing in the realm of life is
self-actuated, life seemed to have actuated itself.
If anything can
be said about life, then, it is this: life's structure is so highly developed
that nothing like it could occur in
the inanimate world.
The distance between an
amoeba - a pseudopod - and a
vertebrate is minor, insignificant in comparison to that between
the simplest form of life
and inorganic matter, which
does not even deserve to be called dead - because death is merely the logical
negation of life.
Between life and
inanimate nature is
a yawning abyss.
What is life?
Life is warmth, the warmth produced by
instability attempting to
preserve form, a fever of
matter that accompanies the ceaseless dissolution and
renewal of protein
molecules, themselves transient in
their complex and intricate construction.
Life is the
existence of what, in actuality,
has no inherent ability to exist, but
only balances with sweet,
painful precariousness on one
point of existence in the midst of this feverish, interwoven process of
decay and repair.
What is life?
Life is not matter, it is not spirit.
Life is something in
between the two, a phenomenon
borne by matter, like the rainbow above a waterfall, like
Although it is not
material, life is sensual to the point of
lust and revulsion, it is matter
shamelessly sensitive to stimuli - existence in
its lewd form.
Life is a secret, sensate
stirring in the chaste chill of
Life is furtive,
lascivious, sordid - nourishment sucked in and excreted, an
exhalation of carbon dioxide and other
foul impurities of a mysterious
Out of overcompensation for its own
instability, yet governed
by its own inherent laws of formation,
a bloated concoction of water,
fats - what we call flesh -
ran riot, unfolded; and took
shape, achieving form, beauty, and
yet all the while was the
quintessence of sensual desire.
This form and this beauty are not derived from
the spirit, as in works of poetry and
nor derived from some neutral
material both consumed by spirit and innocently embodying it, as is the
case with the form and beauty of the
Rather, they are
derived from and perfected by
substances awakened to sexual passion, to
decomposing and composing organic
matter itself, by reeking
-from The Magic Mountain,
last 25 years a new understanding of life has emerged at
the forefront of science.
I want to illustrate this new understanding by asking the age-old
question - what is life?
What's the difference between a rock and a
plant, animal, or microorganism?
To understand the nature of life, it is
not enough to understand DNA, proteins, and
the other molecular
structures that are the building blocks of living organisms, because these
structures also exist in dead organisms, for example, in a dead piece of wood
The difference between a living organism and a dead organism
lies in the basic process of life in what sages and poets throughout the
ages have called the "breath of
In modern scientific language, this process of life is
It is the ceaseless flow of energy and matter through a network of
biological reactions, which enables a living organism to continually generate,
repair, and perpetuate itself.
In other words, metabolism involves the
intake, digestion, and transformation of food.
Metabolism is the central characteristic of biological life.
But understanding metabolism is not enough to understand life.
When we study the structures, metabolic processes, and evolution of the
myriads of species on the planet, we notice that the
outstanding characteristic of our
biosphere is that it has sustained life for billions of years.
How does the Earth do that?
How does nature sustain life?" -
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