Emergence of behavior through software
Fri, 6 Oct 2000 18:05:54 -0700
From: Alik Widge [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>> We are basic agreement here. That's why we are in disagreement
>> with respect to software-initiated life. As far as I know all
>> organism are carbon-based. I assume that's why we call the
>Actually, that's not 100% true. We have found some bacteria in
>deep-sea vents which use a sulfur-based synthetic chain.
Erm -- I'm pretty sure they were carbon based. They 'oxidized' their food
using sulfur rather than oxygen, though. But I'm not disagreeing with you;
I don't see Lynn's point yet. It doesn't make sense to me that life could
only be carbon-based.
>Furthermore, life on other
>worlds, especially bacterial-analogues, seems quite common,
>and will have to deal with very different element ratios.
Where did you find the information that life on other worlds is quite
common? I wasn't aware that any had ever been discovered.