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What is life?: Essay review of "What is Life? With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches", by Erwin Schrödinger

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Journal publication date2012
JournalContemporary Physics
Journal number5
Volume53
Number of pages3
Pages433–435
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We are all patterns, dynamically evolving ones, but patterns nonetheless. There is nothing special about the individual atoms that constitute our bodies. They could all be replaced by other atoms of the same kinds, and neither we nor anyone else would notice the difference. So what is it about our particular arrangement of atoms that makes us alive and our distinctive selves? Indeed, what is life?