@Ihmishylje said:It was a snarky rhetorical way of asking the origin of life, using a catchphrase from the cartoon in my avatar. I meant to imply that all land creatures were settlers, and perhaps even life as we know it. Your questioning of what indigenous truly meant sounded existential in nature, so I was taking it further in that direction.
@MrKlorox said:@Ihmishylje said:Yes, the Ocean is the only true indigenous region of life. Then again, it might not be even that. Hence my question: What doth life?
They were settlers, thus, by definition, not native to the region.
What does life mean? I'm not a biologist, so I don't feel qualified to answer that, but I believe it is the ability of cells to self-replicate. If you are asking about the origin of life, that's an even harder question.
I recognized the snark, but not the reference, since I'm not familiar with the cartoon. As a rule, though, I find it more amusing to reply to sarcasm literally.
I wasn't being existential, however, but addressing a linguistic issue. While I do find the rhetoric of "what does anything mean, how do we know we even exist" valid, it gets old really fast. I thought you were referring to that, but if you were in fact talking about the scientific origin of life, then yes, that is an interesting topic. I know very little of the theories on extra-terrestrial origins to life, other than that they do have scientific credibility (e.g. certain chemicals arriving here in the form of meteors, allowing for life begin). Then again, as our planet is ultimately formed from originally non-Earth substances, everything is ultimately extra-terrestrial.
But I believe this is too off topic for this thread. Maybe you should post a thread about it in off topic, I'm sure someone on here would be more qualified to discuss it.