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What Is Life?

An intensive course at Ormond College, 2017


Report


Starting points


Life Beyond Earth

The book by Feinberg and Shapiro, and related things


The Fermi Paradox

Estimating the number of aliens civilisations/biospheres, and trying to work out why we haven't been contacted


Broader Philosophy of Science


The Extended Phenotype

Does Richard Dawkins have a definition of replicator that's so general that it can be used to define life?


Other Readings


Conclusion


Coordinator: Jason Grossman, GEM Scott Fellow, Ormond College; this web site produced by Jason Grossman, Ciara Hart, Esther Cowen and Ada Quinn