Slimes and cyborgs: Stretching the boundaries of life

Mark Miller, Kathryn Nave

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Abstract / Description of output

The extension of the organism into the environment, suggested by some interpretations of autopoiesis, can seem disconcerting. Yet we argue that Villalobos and Razeto-Barry’s attempt to reinscribe the organism inside the physical body, via the criterion of autopoietically produced material coherence, cannot account for the dynamical and highly changeable nature of life. A successful science of life must do justice not only to the life forms that enjoy clear boundaries but also to the squishy, the strange and the technologically modified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-44
JournalAdaptive Behavior
Issue number1
Early online date15 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • enactive cognition
  • process ontology
  • extended life


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