I want to see who out there are Mechanists...and who are Vitalists. Mechanists believe that life can be explained easily using only chemistry/physics. Vitalists believe that a certain "life force" must be present. Personally, I believe this life force is the very thing that allows the chemistry and physics of cells to be possible. Cellular functions are so complicated, and when you break them down into smaller units, it really does seem that non-living proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, etc. all function together and create a living organism. Simple chemistry and physics cannot create an immense complex of macromolecules that "learn" to recognize each other and work together in order to grow and divide. The average person thinks "well, cells TELL their components what to do and thus they control their macromolecules". This is true, but the cell ITSELF is nothing but a larger collection of molecules. Something must be present to drive this order. Just my thoughts.