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Life is a biological concept regarding the characteristic, state, or mode that separates living organisms from dead matter. The word may itself refer to a living being or the ongoing processes of which living things are a part of. It may also refer to the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death), the condition of an entity that has been born but has yet to die or that which makes a living thing alive.
Kingdoms of Life
- Main Article: Kingdoms of Life
There is difference on the continents regarding how many kingdoms of life there should be. The United States textbooks highlight six groups of life; Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Archaea and Bacteria. The rest of the world, Europe and South America, support five kingdoms or groups of life; Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, and Prokaryota or Monera.
Created Kinds of life
- Main Article: Created kinds
Created kinds are organisms that are defined by creation biology as sharing a common ancestry. The phrase refers to the Genesis account of the creation week during which God created many kinds of plants and animals. They are also referred to as "original kinds," "Genesis kinds," and more formally by creation scientists as baramin. The term barmin was coined in 1941 by Frank Marsh from the Hebrew words bara (create) and min (kind). The study of baramin (known as Baraminology) is a rapidly growing field of creation science involved with the identification of the created kinds.
There is no universally accepted biological definition of life, but it is generally defined in terms of the following biological processes.
- Organization -- living organisms exhibit an incredible degree of organization and complexity, even in its simplest single-cellular forms.
- Metabolism - Life has the ability to supply itself with energy by converting nonliving material into cellular components (synthesis) and decomposing organic matter (catalysis). Life also has the ability to use this energy to supply its needs and the needs of others, such as children.
- Growth - Many forms of life have the ability to grow in size. A growing organism increases in size in all of its parts, rather than simply accumulating matter.
- Adaptation - Adaptation is the accommodation of a living organism to its environment. Individuals have the ability to adapt to their environment during their lifetime (as in the case of increased muscle strength or acquiring skills), and species have the ability to adapt to their environment through heredity, variation, and natural selection.
- Response to stimuli - Life can respond to stimuli in the environment, through sensing the environment, determining appropriate reaction to the environment, and taking such action. Examples include feeding, movement, and communication.
- Reproduction - Life has the ability to reproduce, either sexually or asexually.
The above characteristics are not a comprehensive definition of all life. For instance, viruses are often considered "replicators," rather than "life," because they cannot live without a living host, yet they perform all of the above functions. Similarly, a sterile mule, while alive, cannot reproduce.
- Teleology is the belief that the organization, complexity, and beauty of life were designed for a purpose, and irreducible complexity and specified complexity are two of the most striking forms of organization in life;
- Naturalism is the belief that the organization and complexity of life arose as a necessary consequence of natural law, and therefore bear no innate purpose or design;
- Vitalism is the belief that life is "more than the sum of its parts," or not completely explicable or bound by scientific law, including something non-physical such as a spirit or a soul;
- Mechanism is the belief that life is nothing more than the sum of its parts, without spirit, soul, or anything beyond the physical.
Origin of Life
The origin of life from non-life or what has been termed abiogenesis by evolutionary scientists has never been observed in any condition from any aspect of the natural world. Because strict naturalists are committed to rejecting any and all explanations for the origin of life which involve a supernatural force such as creationism or the more obscure Intelligent Designer.
Naturalists have a number of speculative explanations for an origin of life by purely naturalistic means that goes into a bit more detail. The most widespread today are:
Creationists believe that life originated by deliberate, intelligent design. Genesis records that Elohim spoke all life on Earth into existence. Genesis implies that creation was done through the spoken word of God. As far as humanity there is more detail in the cases of Adam and Eve.
Adam was, "created from the dust of the ground, and Jehovah Elohim breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." Many believe this, "breath of life," was indeed not only life itself but a soul as humanity was created in the image of God, which is a spirit. Eve was then created from man, from his rib which Jehovah Elohim removed from Adam after putting him into a deep sleep. These life forms were created separately, and endowed with the ability to reproduce and adapt to their environment both as individuals through the course of their lives, and as a created kind, through heredity, variation, and natural selection.
- Life by Answers.com