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  1. As a result of reasoning about the meaning of life, I came to the conclusion that the meaning of life is actually not in something else, but in life itself. Life is there – that is the meaning. And this is equally true for all living beings, regardless of intelligence and level of development.

  2. A colony of ants does not live for the sake of continuing to live, but lives because it lives. He lives because he continues to live.

    Let's assume that a mutation has occurred, or that the ants have found some such fungus, which changes their normal behavior. The ants don't continue to reproduce at all, or as well as they used to. That's all, there are no these ants, they were replaced by others.�

    That's not the point. It's just life.

    Here's a look:

    Do you think those two things up there are organisms that live to give birth to finches that move down?

    No, it's just a game, a model. There is a checkered field. If an empty cell has three neighbors, then a dot appears in it. If a point has less than two or more than three neighbors, it is removed. We accidentally put chips on the field and see what happens. One of the first entertainments that I wrote in the distant 80's according to the description from the book by Martin Gardner, when I got a computer BK-0010-01 🙂 The Game of Life

    Imagine that you saw a similar picture on Mars. Just some dead elements exist according to this law. Why not? You will think-oh, life, aliens. The article at the link mentions that in the behavior of elementary particles, in chemistry, there are many other places where you can see processes like this.

  3. If we ignore the arguments about the meaning of life, it is worth noting that the colony of ants reproduces. Every fall, you can watch the winged individuals leave the anthill to pair up with individuals from other anthills. In this sense, anthills simply repeat the development of single-celled creatures into multicellular ones, just on the next level.

  4. Since the meaning of life consists in creating a controlled experiment out of it (if I do this and that under certain conditions, the consequences will be such and such), ants do this much better than humans: unforeseen, random external events can, of course, interfere with the implementation of their plans, but at least the presence of irrational attempts to freedom in their behavior is categorically excluded. Of the two possible points that can interfere with the realization of the meaning of life, there is only one.

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