Shipud writes "A recent article in Journal of Biomolecular structure and Dynamics proposes to define life by semantic voting: "The denitions of life are more than often in conict with one another. Undeniably, however, most of them do have a point, one or another or several, and common sense suggests that, probably, one could arrive to a consensus, if only the authors, some two centuries apart from one another, could be brought together. One thing, however, can be done – sort of voting in absentia – asking which terms in the denitions are the most frequent and, thus, perhaps, reecting the most important points shared by many." The author arrives at a six word definition, as explained here."
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