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Not All Living Things Show Characteristics Essay

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No general full fledged definition for life has been articulated since time, but lists of properties have been suggested to discern ‘the inert/non-living’ from ‘the living’ of which a an organism has to posses in order for it to be considered as a living being. These include self organization or movement, growth, reproduction, inheritance, feeding, excretion, sensitivity and adaptation. Moreover, the question of what life is takes us back to evolution, that is, for an organism to be considered living, it has to be part of the fossil record. Even so, there are living organisms which do not show some of these characteristics of life.

According to Dirk and Irwin(2004), life qualifies by a collective presence of all the above stated set of characteristics. This is not necessarily correct because there are organisms which have characteristics substantial enough to qualify them as living organisms although they may lack one or two of the latter stated characteristics, hence it would be irrational to categorise them as non-living.

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