The Role of Logic and Insight in the Search for a Definition of Life

  title={The Role of Logic and Insight in the Search for a Definition of Life},
  author={Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis},
  journal={Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics},
  pages={619 - 620}
In a recent paper Trifonov (1) has carried out a statistical analysis of the frequency of the vocabulary used in 123 existing definitions. The goal is to identify the most important words and to use these for phrasing a commonly acceptable definition of life. Trifonov arrives at the conclusion that “(self-)reproduction and evolution form the minimal set for a concise and inclusive definition: Life is selfreproduction with variations”. Also a more lengthy definition is presented: “Life is… 
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