26 December 2007
One argument is that life, in all its myriad forms, is simply the expression of DNA's survival mechanism in the hostile/friendly [?] environment of planet Earth. That's an interesting form of determinism which incorporates our notions of free will into itself. That is, our exercise of free will is really an effort toward survival—of the individual, of the species, of DNA, of life itself—as conditioned by (in response to) our environmental circumstances.
Is that, indeed, the meaning of life? Is that the purpose? The survival of the species? Of DNA? Of life itself?
On other worlds, could we conceive something configured differently from DNA to be the foundation of all life? Competitive, though radically different, life forms?