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Posted by Spratley on Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 19:33:31 :
In Reply to: Re: No posted by blimp on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 23:17:33 :
Organism: A system of interdependent parts which works to maintain the existence (negative entropy) of both the whole and its parts.
Unless your working with a definition of organism something like "lions, tigers and bears" I think that definition encompasses all possible organisms in a fundamental way. Ask a hundres biologists what an organism is and I think that answer or something containing it will come up more often than not. The funny thing about language and philosophy that I've noticed over the years is that people behaving philosophically get so bent out of shape about defining terms and using non-specific language, when anyone using their common sense know what the person is talking about.
Its the same with the grammer issue --why bitch about grammar when you got the gist of what the person is saying anyway?
Philosophical rigor is no substitute for common sense.
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