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Life in Motion

  • V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy
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Abstract

Motion is generally believed to be a defining feature of life. By the power of motion an organism hunts down its prey, flees its predators, shifts to superior habitats, and moves from where it is to where it wants to be. (Familiar stationary life forms—the plant life that we see around us—do not have the same advantage.) Like the opposable thumb, or encephalization, the ability to move, to proactively propel itself and plough through a resisting world marks a great milestone of evolution.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

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