Friday, November 16, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Life, movement, definition problems…

_64182761_biobot_thumb[2]Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-11-16]:  Tiny biological robots that walk to the beat of a thin sheet of rat heart cells have been created by US scientists. The "bio-bots" were fabricated using a 3D printer and then seeded with the cardiac cells. The regular twitching motion of the heart cells makes the tiny structure flex and slowly inch along. [source: BBC News] Life is weird. Even if motion is what makes us think something is alive, the most important things which make us “alive” are not things that “move”… Zenon knew something more than we do…

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