This question was inspired by the fact that scientists have successfully created synthetic bacteria with similar geneome in the lab. My exact question is if Life is just an aggregate of the bunch of molecules and atoms that makes up an organism, or is it a seperate entitiy? Many ancient religious text points out the belief of life to be seperate from the physical body. Still modern biological research suggests that it is possible to create organisms such as syntheic bacteria in the lab. These bacteria still respond to the enviournment and thus are conscious like normal bacteria. If I theoretically build a copy of myself at the atomic level, DNA, same charge in indentical Neurons, STEM cells, cells in exact order etc. What will I end up? A live clone of myself or a dummy of myself? Please note it theoretically does contain memories of mine because of the indentical potential diffrence as mine in each neuron. And Will it be conscious Just like synthetic bacteria to normal?

  • This question is too broad for us, SEP has a long article on Life. Please narrow it down after reading it. – Conifold Aug 18 at 6:47
  • In Heideggerian philosophy, living with the life of authenticity. To have Authentic life you must have plan. – Hassan Jolany Aug 18 at 7:13
  • You can take a level of Consciousness to define life. For example, The world is nothing but change, our life is only perception. Marcus Aurelius · Perception is the second level of Consciousness in Hegelian philosophy – Hassan Jolany Aug 18 at 7:17
  • See en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis or see this youtu.be/hIrxQEAiYIs . If you know French language – Hassan Jolany Aug 18 at 7:19
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    Definitions need a purpose. For the purpose of biology, one definition might be more useful than one for the purpose of religion or physics. None of them is generally more useful than the other. – tkruse Aug 18 at 9:48