ANSWERS: 5
  • Complex organisms are not difficult to define as "life", but when you get down to microscopic organisms that are simply a single cell, it becomes difficult to define if something is alive, or if it is just a chemical reaction. At what point do you call something alive. There is a gradual scale, so to pick a specific point where you say this is alive and this isn't is a matter of opinion.
  • The more biologists learn about the structure and behavior of the world they study, the less simple the definition becomes. There is a lot of overlap found in non-living things, compared to the living ones. There are several excellent articles on the internet. Here are the links to two of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/life/life.html&edu=elem
  • Because it's not "simple" to begin with.
  • probably cause life is difficult
  • There is no one definitive answer suitable globally for everyone. It means too many different things to too many people.

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