"The Correct Application of the Laws of Life"

Life has always been – and it still is – a puzzle that defies decoding

and demystification.                                                    ––Yunus A. Çengel


What are the "Laws of Life"?


Arthur Pauls coined the name Ortho-Bionomy from Greek roots and never elucidated what specific laws he had in mind. It was a poetic and allusive coinage. 


There are many books and essays published under the title of "Laws of LIfe" and most are opinions about moral behavior. I science, among biologists, there is little agreement as to what life is and what "laws" it is subject to. Life seems to avoid being codified.


For instance, is a virus a living thing or not? Most biologists say no. Yunus Çengal, professor of mechanical engineering, says yes, a virus is a living thing. For what it's worth I agree with professor Çengal on this point (though I question at least one of his points. I will be referencing his article, "Eighteen Distinctive Characteristics of Life," which can be found online(hyperlinked here).


What is Life?

We know from Gaston Bachellard's phenomenological analysis that Life is round. Of course, it has to be because Life is interiority. 





What is life?  Erwin Schrodinger. 1944, 2012 edition with an introduction by Roger Penrose.

What is Life? Five Great Ideas in Biology. Paul Nurse. 2021

What is LIfe?  J.B.S. Haldane. 1949

What is LIfe?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology. Addy Pross. 2012.

The Poetics of Space. Gaston Bachelard. 1957, reprinted 2014.

Eighteen Distinctive Characteristics of Life. Yunas A. Çengal. 2023.



Discovering the Laws of Life. John Marks Templeton (forward by Norman Vincent Peale). 1995


The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .


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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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