Nikolai Koltsov, A requiem for a pioneer

Search the web for Nikolai Koltsov and you will not see so much. He and many other pioneers of science are buried under the vast amount of digital rubbish we have generated over the last decades. Nowadays, it’s widely accepted that DNA’s are long strings of coded data transmitted vertically (and recently horizontally) between species. However, it was a revolutionary […]

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Basic Concepts: Inferiomorphism – when agents impose themselves to the superagent

Don’t worry, if you have never heard the word inferiomorphism. Inferiomorphism is a combination of inferior (belonging to a lower level) and morphism (looking for a mapping between two objects from different categories). I have coined the term inferiomorphism by myself to emphasize on one of the greatest mistakes we’ve ever made. When I was talking about the practical definition […]

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living entities and cellular organizations

Living things and cellular organization

In the previous article, we talked about living entities. The focal question of the article was clear: We know many characteristics of living things. Are all of them necessary condition for an object be considered as a living entity? (I use the verb consider intentionally. Just to emphasize on the subjectivity of this concept). Before going any further, let me remind you […]

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Another look at the living entities

Living entities are difficult to define. Seems that there is a kind of consensus on this. However, humans have always tried to do so. The sweet definition of Mayr may be a good starting point. He firmly states: It is now quite clear that there is no special substance, object, or force that can be identified with life. The process […]

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