Definition of Life: Navigation through Uncertainties

@article{Trifonov2012DefinitionOL,
  title={Definition of Life: Navigation through Uncertainties},
  author={Edward N. Trifonov},
  journal={Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics},
  year={2012},
  volume={29},
  pages={647 - 650}
}
  • E. Trifonov
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
I am pleased to receive such multifaceted response (1-19) to my paper (20). It helped me to better realize what exactly I have done. Perhaps, the main thing is original motivation: how from 123 uncertain definitions of the uncertain phenomenon described in uncertain terms to derive a consensus, without engaging in the debates, which so far did not bring the consensus. As P. L. Luisi put it: “the concept of life is too vague and general, and loaded with a number of historical, traditional… 
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