Today, although the scientists who are discussing LIFE may not be as plentiful as the hairs on an ox, at least their number is very large. When we enter words such as "life"," life study", "origin of life", and "life exploration" into any search engine, we will find a wide field of LIFE exploration articles from which we can gain an idea of the various research theories and achievements discussed by LIFE scientists.
Unfortunately, all LIFE scientists just make fusses over their interpretations of it because none of them understand its real essence. Only Christopher Langton, an artificial life theorist at the United States’ Los Amos National Laboratory, in his publication, "Artificial life" initiated some introductory wisdom about the LIFE exploration area. Some of his opinions broke through the limitations of traditional thinking patterns and took a small step toward understanding the cognition of LIFE. For example, "The essence of LIFE lies not in its substance but in its form".
Then what on earth is LIFE?
2. LIFE is a nonmaterial structure with spirituality.
All substances are not LIFE, but they can be carriers of LIFE. As with a person's watch, car, house, and clothes, none of these are part of the person, but appendages and adornments of their LIFE and we can not learn about them by simply relying on their appendages and adornments, nor can we know them by their age, appearance, height, weight, or other characteristics because all of these just show the material structure of their LIFE carrier.
It is very hard to understand nonmaterial structures because they depend on our spiritual perceptions completely; they require extraordinarily sensitive spiritual perception to be "seen". If one's spiritual perception is dull, it would be imperceptible in any way, but this does not mean that there is no way to understand it. I will give an example and hope it will inspire you to draw an analogy.
As I send a fax from Harare, Zimbabwe, to my friend in Washington, DC, his fax machine receives it almost immediately. The contents that he receives are nearly identical to what I had sent. My handwriting, the shape of the characters and the line spacing are unaltered by his fax machine, however the original copy is still with me and I can toss it into a wastepaper basket as rubbish because it has accomplished its mission and has conveyed its message (soul) to my friend in America.
Let us analyze what has happened: the origin copy never left my room but my friend received the fax instantly and only the paper and ink (the carrier of the information) has changed. How do you explain this?
The fax machine used the photoelectric principle to transfer the information into audio signals and sent them through an electric cable to a communication central office which transmitted them to a satellite uplink transmitter; a satellite received and retransmitted them; then the information was received by a satellite downlink receiver, sent to another central office, and finally sent it through another electric cable to my friend’s fax machine which restored the information from audio signals into words and images. In this way, the "soul" of my original copy was sent to my friend.
Here, we mainly focused on the audio signals, which are a kind of material rather than nonmaterial. However they have their own characteristic structures which differ from other audio signals, such as their frequency, wavelength. If the structure has consciousness, then it will be a nonmaterial one.
When microscopic particle tends to be infinitesimal, it will not exist or move in the form of particles and it will become a "String", or even a "Superstring". "Superstring" is a nonmaterial structure.
In this sense, the essence of LIFE lies in nonmaterial structures, rather than the carriers of LIFE--material.
The essence of LIFE is formless. Who can tell the form, color, or weight of LIFE? When referring to humans, dogs, vegetation, insects, and bacteria as LIFE, we are literally talking about the expressions of their LIFE forms rather than their essences of LIFE.
The forms of LIFE are exceedingly strange and various, but the essence of LIFE is unitary: