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Comment author: AdeleneDawner 12 May 2011 07:21:01PM *  10 points [-]

I'm in a very nitpicky mood today:

'Elan vital' seems to predict that there won't be things that are sort-of alive, like viruses; from what I've read about it it suggests that aliveness is all-or-nothing. It may also predict that things that are dead shouldn't be able to be made to move by electrical stimulation of the nerves.

Comment author: wedrifid 12 May 2011 08:53:21PM 3 points [-]

I think you're right. 'Elan vital' sounds like a falsified theory, not an unfalsifiable one.