Reflections on the Concept of Life.

by J. M. Burgers

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback27 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

A discussion of the mental aspects of life as they relate to biological phenomena and the laws of physics. The concepts introduced here arise from the theory that mental phenomena are essential in human life, that all aspects of them penetrate all forms of life, and that consequently the realm of biology must be extended so as to provide room for their consideration. Since the language and philosophy of physics contain no terms for the analysis of these features, notions from general language are employed, i.e., the notions of aim or purpose, of being obliged to choose, of anticipation, and complementarity. While such notions are not entirely free from ambiguity, they are clarified by the nature of their interrelations. 27 pp. (KB)

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.