Publication 6302

Miller M. & Nave K. (2020) Slimes and cyborgs: Stretching the boundaries of life. Adaptive Behavior 28(1): 43–44. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/6302
The extension of the organism into the environment, suggested by some interpretations of autopoiesis, can seem disconcerting. Yet we argue that Villalobos and Razeto-Barry’s attempt to reinscribe the organism inside the physical body, via the criterion of autopoietically produced material coherence, cannot account for the dynamical and highly changeable nature of life. A successful science of life must do justice not only to the life forms that enjoy clear boundaries but also to the squishy, the strange and the technologically modified.

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