Many scientists have devoted time to try to find a definition for life, in spite of the differences the large majority of life definitions rely on the dichotomy living vs. non-living. Bruylants and colleagues argue that “it is indeed impossible to define a natural frontier between non-living and living systems and therefore also impossible to define dichotomic criteria which could be used in order to classify systems in one of these two classes (living or non-living)”. Thus authors conclude that “fuzzy logic provides a natural way to deal with problems where class membership lacks sharply defined criteria”, proposing a paradigmatic shift…a truly needed one. Great piece of work, highly raccommended.
Gilles Bruylants, Kristin Bartik and Jacques Reisse
Is it Useful to Have a Clear-cut Definition of Life? On the Use of Fuzzy Logic in Prebiotic Chemistry
Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. Volume 40, Number 2 (2010), 137-143
I would like to thank Dr. Fabrizio Anella for bringing this paper to my attention