Which intelligent living organism works against its self-interests? Which living organism (intelligent or not) would work against its self-preservation?
Let’s explore this further.
Before we proceed, I need to be certain we are all on the same page. Here is what we mean when we refer to “living organism” here and on previous as well as in future publications. In Khan Academy, living organism is explained as follows: “Living things are highly organized, meaning they contain specialized, coordinated parts. All living organisms are made up of one or more cells, which are considered the fundamental units of life. Even unicellular organisms are complex! … Multicellular organisms—such as humans—are made up of many cells.” To be sure the excerpt did not create more confusion than to shed light, we also extract from Khan Academy an excerpt which attempts to answer the question whether a ‘rock’ can be considered a living organism: “Rocks do not reproduce, they do not die, and therefore they were never alive… Life is the process of self-preservation for living beings and can be recognized by life processes; such as eating, metabolism, secretion, reproduction, growth, heredity etc. Jan 16, 2014”
Thanks to Khan Academy, we now know and understand that humans – all humans (irrespective of intelligence) – are ‘living organisms’.