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July 29, 2020 10:35AM
"...Because the deep-sea microbes must have patched and repaired themselves countless times, it is perhaps down to philosophers to decide whether any individual cell really is 100 million years old. D’Hondt believes they qualify.

“I sometimes use the metaphor of my grandfather’s hammer,” he says. “My grandfather gave a hammer to my father and my father gave it to me. We’ve replaced the head twice and the handle three times, but it’s still the same hammer.”

Read more: [www.newscientist.com]

'The Grandfather's hammer' is actually the latest incarnation of the 'ship of Theseus paradox' which goes back to Plato. It's good to note that science keeps trying to escape philosophy only to be drawn back into it."
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Relict (Autochthonous) Microbial Community Reported From Cretaceous Oozes, South Pacific Gyre

Paul H. July 28, 2020 03:37PM

Re: The ship of Theseus.

Rick Baudé July 29, 2020 10:35AM

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