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Two animations of the SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) satellite photos, which I named "The Sun is yawning" (2016.07.13-20) and "The Sun is sleeping" (2016.11.20-28).
If you look at the various definitions of life, such as; Life is the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death., the phenomena called fire checks all the boxes. Fire can metabolize, grow and even reproduce via sparks and radiational heating. It is connected to continual change from its birth to its death; forest fire. It is lowering free energy and increasing entropy just like life. Life is type of dynamics more than it is a type of thing.Fire is not the conventional way we look at life, since we think in terms of protein, DNA and water, but since fire does check all the boxes for most definitions of the state called life, then one may ask can fire, such as the nuclear fire of a star, evolve its unique state of life, to states that we might called fire's version of consciousness? It will not look like we expect it to look; ego centric, but it would be able to adapt and even resolve issues as it metabolizes and changes with time. it may be more instinctive looking; animal impulse, than willful and choice based; uses the laws or instincts of physics.With organic life, the state called life; checks all the boxes, does not appear without water. Dehydrated cells are not alive even with all the organics in place. Water is what makes life possible. If we add the water back to dehydrated cells everything works and al things now coordinates for the state called life. No other solvent can replace water; it checks all the boxes. Does water have a type of consciousness since it was key to the "natural selection process" at the nanoscale, that led to the organic chemical states associated with life.Life would not appear if water was not mediating; natural selection at the nanoscale, and integrating everything within the cell. If we add it all up, it appears that fire and water are both alive, but since they cancel each other, they define two divergent directions for life. Water by canceling fire helps make the life of fire more manageable; metabolism