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The Game Theory of Life
If we define a game for an infinite variety of molecules as players with a wide variety of interactions between them such that a subset of those molecules are able to spontaneously polymerize and replicate (among other conditions), mathematical reasoning finds that viroid species will arise and compete; that those species will incorporate non-genetic molecules, develop protective structures made of non-genetic material, and develop machinery to synthesize non-genetic material from genetic instructions.
The Game Theory of Life proposes that once these (reproducing) organisms can synthesize non-genetic molecules which can modify genetic material, they qualify as Von Neumann universal constructors. The theory also proposes this attribute as the definition of life.
Copyright © 2003, 2005, 2007 Aubrey Jaffer
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