Breaking the Paradigm: The Pattern of Life

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Abstract

How can there be a coherent understanding of the origin of life when life is so poorly understood? This chapter explores the perceptual boundaries of life with the result that the structure of living systems (outside the problems of the perception of life) provides an improved definition of what life is and how to find new forms of life. This is done with the implicit assumption that the origin of life existed outside the domain of human perception and thus needs to be determined through a new paradigm: the pattern of life.