[ExI] simulation as an improvement over reality

Max More max at maxmore.com
Mon Dec 27 01:34:35 UTC 2010

> >...BTW I dislike the term postbiology. Biology isthe study of life and
>would be just as applicable to machine-phase lifeas towet-carbon 
>life...Stuart LaForge

I like to use a neologism like "vitology" for the study of 
life-in-general, while reserving "biology" for the more or less 
familiar chemical forms of life. Postbiological life forms would 
indeed be living complex systems, but I wouldn't call them biological 
if they were based on entirely distinct physical platforms.

Looking at terminology, "biology" is the study of living organisms, 
but it has always been about the living organisms that we've been 
familiar with up to now. It's not a crucial matter, but my preference 
is to reserve "biology" for the wide range of life forms we're 
already come across, but not stretch it to cover entirely different 
substrates and platforms.


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