Over the decades I have become used to hitting wildlife with a 4WD truck and accidentally deading (to misuse a Blue Bottle neologism – Goon show and all that) the animal. Not killing but deading. Similarly jumping out of a window of a multi-story dwelling building will also result in one being deaded. Which left me wondering what the difference between a living animal and a deaded animal is; what subtle physical ‘thing’ present in one, the living, and absent in the other, the deaded?
Let us assume everything in the Universe is physically connected to everything else. Let us additionally assume things that are dead are disconnected from the connected entities, so we have dead things and living things. How then does a living thing become a deaded thing?
(The debate has to remain in the physical, not metaphysical, that religion obsesses over).
Bill Gaede’s Thread Theory offers a possible solution.
Living things are interconnected by Gaede ropes or threads that are, for the purpose of debate here, similar to DNA molecules and electrical Birkeland currents. Living things move and I assume the interconnection is maintained during motion.
When a living thing is suddenly stopped moving by some physical obstruction, say wee bird hitting radiator of moving car, the physical stuff that is the bird becomes disconnected from the rest, ie, the living, by rupture of the Gaedian Threads (GT). This is similar to cutting a rope some one is hanging from that results in that some one being deaded when colliding with…..etc.
But why then does a recently deaded organism start to putrefy? Are not the bacteria inside the organism also disconnected from the living and should thus have been deaded? Or is the solution to this paradox lie in the relative sizes of the shapes of matter that make an organism? Perhaps the bacteria are a substrate of life, and animals, made from this connected substrate, in a different domain.
A few thoughticals to exercise the imagination(s).
Update: Stated differently, how does one explain the difference between the living from the unliving? Physically, not intellectually.