Blaine Bettinger has a post on his blog today about a high-minded meeting that took place a few weeks ago. Called the Annual Edge Event (organized by the Edge Foundation), the meeting hosted George Church, Freeman Dyson, J. Craig Venter, Robert Shapiro, Dimitar Sasselov, and Seth Lloyd to discuss the topic "Life: What a Concept!"

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