By Michael Hills:
Even today, even after being able to pull it apart and examine it through a microscope and in laboratories, science still does not have the definition for what is life, let alone the meaning of life, let alone what consciousness is in our bizarre reality.
Life, because it is such a complex system of things, with so many interacting parts, each of which is essential, is really tough to make a definition. We live in a bizarre reality, which I will talk about here.
I find this quote striking:
"For what we do as scientists, [a definition of life] is unnecessary. It's sort of like a lot of big questions in science: 'Where are we from? How did the universe get created?' These are big questions that we'll probably never be able to solve. But not knowing what life is doesn't change our ability to engineer it."
For me this says it all.
Science is great at pulling the puzzle apart and understanding a few of the pieces. They can re-arrange them, to create something quite marvellous, like inventions we can monetize, and play with; which also changes our lives completely, like the iPhone. But the overall puzzle, even the question what is life, is lost to them, to us.
Yes, they can look at it in its entirety, but still not have an answer. What does the puzzle actually represent?