On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:

>> Metabolism involves replacing parts of cells that break down with
>> inanimate matter from the environment. The cells may or may not have
>> experiences associated with them but apparently this process preserves
>> the experiences. A car may have experiences and replacing the worn out
>> car parts preserves the car's function and may also preserve the car's
>> experiences. In what way is maintenance of cells fundamentally
>> different to maintenance of cars?
> The difference is that cells only metabolize when they are alive. A car was
> never alive so it has to be maintained externally and can't heal itself. The
> car is also not really one thing but thousands of parts assembled to act as
> if it were one thing. An organism is completely different in that it is
> really one cell which has grown and replicated through its own sense and
> motives into a body. The body isn't an assembly of cells acting like a body,
> it is a single organism on one level and many organs and organisms on other
> levels. Just because cells perform mechanical functions also doesn't mean
> that they are machines.

Craig, have you ever worked in a biology lab? Have you ever discussed
these ideas in person with a biology teacher at school or university?
It's not even that you're wrong, it's that you've completely missed
the point of the last two centuries years of biological science, which
essentially consists in treating living organisms as understandable
machines rather than mysterious spirits.

Stathis Papaioannou

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