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gs) is that life uses energy for physical and conscious development.

Life is anything that grows and


eventually dies, i.e., ceases to proliferate and be cognizant. Can we say that viruses, for example, are
cognizant? Yes, insofar as they react to stimuli; but they are alive essentially because they reproduce and
grow. Computers are non-living because even though they can cognize, they do not develop biologically
(grow), and cannot produce offspring. It is not cognition that determines life, then: it is rather
proliferation and maturation towards a state of death; and death occurs only to living substances.

Or is the question, ‘What is the meaning (purpose) of life?’