Ruby, to start off the organism is dead, remember. Now to get the organism to function normally, eating, breathing, replicating, as what one would expect from a living organism.vidqun
thats a common sense view but what puts this view under pressure is the population of viruses that we have. are they alive or dead?
but I agree that functionalism is part of defining what is alive and what isn't. on the other hand I think life and non life are continuous rather than dichotomous. perhaps this is what creation accounts are trying to get at? that life and death are continuous rather than opposites