Re: [tt] [info] New artificial life workgroup
- IMO the virus meets the criteria for "living" as much as a bacterium. The
use of someone else's DNA makes it more clever than the bacterium. Maybe the
IQ of future sapiens will be superior because of what the virus has taught
That being so, WATER IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO LIFE. What about C? If there is C
in a virus, can it be replaced with something else?
So why then say life is water-based or C-based? Who issued these dogmas?
If an intelligent machine is found in the stony paleontology record of
Andromeda as a product of evolution and/or creativity of Andromedan
nano-robotic scientists, who is to say it is not a record of life even if it
lacks C and water?
Some non-viral crystalline minerals are amazingly complex and contain C.
Some do not.
If crystalline viral matter encrypts its destiny, why not other crystals
too? How clever of mineral crystals to use the bodies of humans etc. to
carry on after they leave the ground.
I am a prospector.
If BC's free miners find paleosoil from the dino age (eg 150 mya) and it
contains very complex and new crystals not discovered before what do we say?
Microfossils are well studied and have at least one journal of their own.
What about fossilized virus from the dino age? The discovery of fossilized
virus would make an interesting article in a journal of paleontology. Dino
hunters "think big". Why should they not "think small".
Didn't the dinos carry viruses?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Barbalet" <tom@...>
To: "Piper" <pay_the_piper@...>
Cc: "Eugen Leitl" <eugen@...>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [tt] [info] New artificial life workgroup
> Quoting Piper <pay_the_piper@...>:
>> Should the virus be studied as the model for machine A-Life?
>> It has brilliant self-replication ability. It does not waste energy by
>> using its metabolism to build the reproductive machine. Rather it uses
>> the machinery of other creatures.
> Lots of discussion of this via;
> The interesting approach is to use artificial life methods to
> model/assist with community growth. This is something I have talked about
> through Biota Live. See Procedural Publicity, a couple of shows ago for
> more on this.
> Best regards,
> Tom Barbalet.