Why Life Does Not Really Exist (2013)
The title section to Ferris Jabr's 2013 "Why Life Does Not Really Exist" Scientific American article, wherein he explains how he independently arrived at the view that "life" is something that does NOT exist; a view retrospectively defined, categorically speaking, as "abioism" in 2015 by Libb Thims, one of six main things one has to deny in mentally switching from theism to atheism. [1]
In philosophy, abioism, from a- "not" + bio- "life" + -ism "doctrine" is the belief or conclusion that "life", similar to "ether", does not exist (see: life does not exist) and has never existed.

Abioism is the view that life is not just a metaphysical theory, as Gilbert Lewis (1925) classified the term, but correctly is a defunct theory, i.e. see: defunct theory of life (for historical overview), i.e. a fictional divide handed down to us from religio-mythology past, incongruent with modern view of things; a point of proposed chemical synthesis, in space-time, that cannot be found in the great chain of being, on going from hydrogen to human.

Correctly, things, specifically CH-based things, such as AQ, DTA, retinal, ants, or humans, etc., can "move" (see: animate things), but the movement occurs, up and down the scale of things, hydrogen to human, according to the principles of chemistry, physics, and thermodynamics; life terminology upgrades, accordingly, is the solution to the seemingly confused paradox.

Precurcors | Alternatives
Stepping stone alternatives and or precursors to abioism are: panbioism (everything is alive view), the belief one toys with in the mind before arriving at abioism, emergent-bioism (life "emerged" at a certain point in the past), aka abiogenesis or "emergentism", which is the current status quo scientific dogma based view, and creationism (a divine entity "created" life at some point in time), e.g. clay creation myth, creation by breath, etc., which is the ancient astro-theology and or religio-mythology view, taught to children, and passed along through generations.

The term “abioism” is a rather newer term, coined by Libb Thims (2015), first being significantly added as a header category on the atheism types by denial and belief page (see: 4 Jul 2015 edit version 25), as anyone who “denies life”:

Abioism (six disbeliefs)

One of the six main disbeliefs, along with: atheism, achristism, mortalism, asoulism, and aspiritism. The term "abioism" was introduced above, in some context, similar to the way the term "atheism" refers to disbelief in the existence of god.

Life does not exist (Thims, 2015)
A 2015 Yahoo Answers query (Ѻ) about Libb Thims’ version of the “life does not exist” view, intermixed with discussion of Spinoza's god; see: defunct theory of life (2009) + life terminology upgrades (2012); see also: Thims' Lotka’s Jabberwock” (2016) talk given at BPE 2016.
The following are the four known independent abioists, i.e. the four people known in total, as of 2016, who each arrived at the life does not exist view independently, ordered according to publication date:

Alfred Rogers | Idea: 1990s; Published: 2010
Jonathan Dowling | Idea: 1998-2004; Published: 2013
Libb Thims | Idea 2007; Published 2009
Ferris Jabr | Published: 2013

Rogers, to note, states that he came up with the idea that life is something that does not exist, when he “reasoned that there was no difference between life and non-life and that the perceived difference was due to a difference in complexity.” [1] He did not, however, publish on this view until the 2010 launch of his website: LifeDoesNotExist.com.

The following are dependent-abioists, i.e. individuals who learned about the abioism from someone one of the previous independent abioists:

Jeff Tuhtan (dependent | Thims, 2011) (Ѻ)
Patrick Fergus (dependent | Thims, 2014) | Atheist
Inderjit Singh (dependent | Thims, 2015)


A 2016 video by American philosopher Alfred Rogers speaking on his 1990s discerned view that “life does not exist”, aka abioism.
A noted early near-abioist is Alfred Lotka (1925), who, in his "Regarding Definitions" chapter, after nearly demolishing the concept of life as defunct and something that will go the way of superfluous terms of inexact science, comments:

“If we continue to use the word life, this is merely a matter of convenience and does not imply any departure from the point of view set forth in [Regarding Definitions].”

Other near-abioists include: Charles Sherrington (1938), Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1948), Francis Crick (1966), Norman Dolloff (1975), and, via Szent-Gyorgyi, Henri Atlan (1999).

Of note, Nikola Tesla is one example of an near-abioist, i.e. he was close to concluding that life does not exist, but instead sided with panbioism; as is evidenced the following statement, from his New York American article “How Cosmic Forces Shape Our Destines”:

“There is no thing endowed with life — from man, who is enslaving the elements, to the humblest creature — in all this world that does not sway it in turn. Whenever action is born from force, though it be infinitesimal, the cosmic balance is upset and universal motion result.”

Here, he double sits both arguments by saying that no particular thing in the universe is “alive” but that any action resulting from force, which amounts to saying that anything that moves is alive, constitutes life. This is close to abioism.

In 2009, when Libb Thims published his views openly that "life is a defunct scientific theory" — which was in direct opposition to Russian physical chemist Georgi Gladyshev's 1997 book Thermodynamic Theory of the Evolution of Living Beings, and then-current argumentative views, the implicit assertion of which being that from a thermodynamic point of view, a "specific point in time", in the evolution or form change of hydrogen into human, over the last 13.7-billion years, some hypothetical atomic aggregate can be said to be, at that given second, a "living being", which amounts to nonsense — a number of publications by Gladyshev, Indian chemical engineer DMR Sekhar, among others, followed in the wake.

Abioism (word of the day) 2
A 2017 "word of the day" definition of abioism, by atheist blogger Annahilate. [7]
In 2013, David Bossens, a noted abioism-curious thinker, after spending about a year in Hmolpedia threads, published his Debates of the Hmolpedians, wherein he devoted his chapter three "The long life debate" to the details of the issue at hand. [3]

In 2016, Adrian Bejan, a seeming implicit atheist, in his The Physics of Life: the Evolution of Everything, on his first page, as cited in this dialogue (Ѻ), says he “naturally disagrees” with Ferris Jabr’s 2014 statement that “nothing is truly alive”. [4] This avowal puts Bejan into the panbioism, as opposed to the abioism, belief category, per his implicit assertion that both water molecules moving in rivers and human molecules moving on roadways are “truly alive” in some sense. [5]

In 2016, Robert Arvay, a seeming spiritual materialism theist, in his section: “Who Is It Who Can Say: ‘I Am Not’?”, of his The God Paradigm, devotes several pages to Ferris Jabr’s life does not exist assertion; the opening section of which is as follows: [6]

“An online article by Ferris Jabr is titled, ‘Why Life Does Not Really Exist.’ While at first, the premise (life's non-existence) may seem absurd, it raises an important question, one without which we cannot understand what life really is, why it exists, and why it is one of the basic foundations of reality. In our previous discussion of life", we noted that one biologist lamented that the more in depth he studied living things, the less life he found. We also mentioned that the mistake being made by materialist biology is that it confuses the chemical processes of life with life itself.”

Abioism (blog, 2018)
On 27 Jun 2018, Twitter user Jim Crawford (Poetry Polly) started a blog (Ѻ) on abioism, aiming to be a layman’s take (Ѻ) on abioism to be specific, the second blog of which was on “thingness”.

The following are related quotes:

“I have always considered thermodynamics to be the most beautiful subject that I have come across. I independently thought of an idea linking life and thermodynamics when I was going through a difficult time during my early twenties. I later discovered that Schrodinger had the same idea 60 years earlier, essentially the idea was that life evades the decay to thermodynamic equilibrium by maintaining negative entropy in an open system. Thanks to you I now understand my previous line of thinking to be flawed, and I appreciate the content you are producing on abioism.”
— Dan Pohl (2017), site message (Ѻ) to Libb Thims, Sep 11

“Kudos to Libb Thims, who I understand is the coiner of the term ‘abioism’. I haven't read any of his work yet and so cannot comment on it, but the term rocks! :)”
Jim Crawford (2018), “Introduction” (Ѻ) to new Abioism Blog, Jun 27

“Oderberg’s idea of immanent causation is a good description of what I mean by ‘self-movement’ [see: self-motion]. If we could not privilege the imminent causes of self-movement above non-imminent ones, then we could not even say that living canines are any more alive than robotic dogs, an assumption that is taken to its logical end in the writings of those who espouse abioism (e.g. Jabr 2013) — the idea that life does not really exist. Moreover, we see how the difference between causes internal to a thing and causes external to a thing can matter apart from their necessity in a functional process. For example, we recognize that a car battery, which cannot hold a charge and is in need of a jump, is “dead” in contrast to one that can turn the starter when prompted by the ignition. While the faulty battery might be able to still complete an electrical circuit and permit the circulation of current so the driver can make a pit stop at the auto parts store, he dare not turn the engine off before he gets there, unless he wants to jump the battery again. By saying this, I do not mean to draw an analogy between human death and the death of car batteries, but to highlight an important feature of the causal story about a thing, which can in turn provide us with knowledge about the condition of a thing.”
— Adam Omelianchuk (2019), “The End of a Human Organism as a Self-Moving Whole” [8]

“I must have watched that Alfred Rogers [abioism] video (Ѻ) at least five times.”
Ram Poudel (2019), comment to Libb Thims over lunch, Chicago, summer

Living atom (fence sitter)
The abioism position resolves the above perplexing conundrum, as stated by Henry Bray (1910), i.e. it is the solution to the great problem of natural philosophy (Saint-Hilaire, 1836).
1. Jabr, Ferris. (2013). “Why Life Does Not Really Exist”, Scientific American, Brainwaves Blog, Dec 2.
2. Rogers, Alfred. (2014). “Email to Libb Thims”, Nov 17.
3. Bossens, David. (2013). Debates of the Hmolpedians (Amz) (Ѻ). Lulu.
4. Bejan, Adrian. (2016). The Physics of Life: the Evolution of Everything (Jabr, pg. 1; god, pg. 166). St. Martin’s Press.
5. Bejan, Adrian and Zane, J. Peder. (2012). Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization (theory origin, pgs. 1-3; thermodynamics, 34+ pgs). Doubleday.
6. Arvay, Robert. (2016). The God Paradigm (Jabr, pg. 289). Lulu.
7. Abioism | Word of the Day (7/27/2017) – Atheist Amino Blog.
8. (a) Oderberg, David S. (2013). “Synthetic Life and the Bruteness of Causation”; in: Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics (editor: Edward Feser) (pgs. 206-35; quote, pg. 213). Palgrave Macmillan.
(b) Omelianchuk, Adam. (2019). “The End of a Human Organism as a Self-Moving Whole” (pdf) (pgs. 29-30), Journal of Medicine & Philosophy.
Further reading
● Kurtz, Mark. (2019). “I recently came across a belief called ‘abioism’ (life doesn’t really exist)”. What are the best arguments against it? (Ѻ), Quora, Jan 31.
● Thims, Libb. (2019). “What is the Origin and Evolution of Life?” (Ѻ), Quora, Nov 24.

Abioism (playlist) – HumanChemistry101.

External links
Does life really exist? (2013) – Quora.com.
Abioism: Life Does Not Exist (2018) – Blogspot.
Life does not exist (2018) – AntiNatalism Forum.
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