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Plan[edit]

  1. Introduction (DONE)
  2. Sections with wikilinks (DONE)
  3. Descriptions for the wikilinks (NOT DONE)
  4. The correct spelling is life form. Other articles that are titled with variations of life form need to be redirects to the right place, or have appropriate hatnotes, and articles that use these variations need to have their wikilinks fixed as appropriate:

Obankston (talk) 20:59, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

I am sorry, but I a have reverted all your redirects and redirected them to Organism. For a discussion, see Talk:Organism#Redirecting Life form?. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 10:51, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
I have reverted the redirects back to List of life forms. The article List of life forms was changed to a single redirect to organism. Changing the entire article to a redirect is tantamount to a delete. This should be discussed on the talk page of the article, and the delete process Wikipedia:DELETE should be used. I addressed the rationale for the delete, which was an inadequate summary or definition, and explained why several incongruous items are included, with references. Obankston (talk) 22:05, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Thomas is the best — Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.81.103.62 (talk) 15:40, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Life force and Life energy[edit]

There are many uses of the term "life force" in non-fiction. Need to also find uses of "life energy" in non-fiction.

Uses of "life force":

Soul[edit]

Original lede[edit]

This is the original lede before it was changed to describing the article as an index:

A life form is an entity or being that is living or alive.[1][2] While a life form may be considered to be physical, in general an entity or being may be physical or non-physical, mortal or immortal, debatable whether it is considered "alive" or not, and their classification, qualities, and attributes cover a broad scope. An entity or being may be biological, artificial, scientific, religious, fictional, mythological, legendary, or subject to scientific speculation or skepticism. The distinction between natural life and artificial life can be blurred, for example in science fiction and in the computer simulation of brains. The distinction between intelligent life, sentient life, and other forms of life can also be blurred. There are alleged life forms and encounters with them that cannot be strictly classified as fictional, but are subject to skepticism and are not accepted by mainstream science.

Humans are a life form of central importance on planet Earth, able to interact with non-living things and other life forms in the arena of the intellect and emotions, in the spiritual realm, and with the physical world. Since the human life form has a highly developed brain capable of reasoning, language, introspection, and problem solving, and with the attributes of sapience, consciousness, self-awareness, rationality, and having conceptions of good and evil, humans are used as a point of reference for life forms in science, science fiction, and other speculative fiction. For example, medicine is the science and art of healing that focuses on the human life form, prehistory can be used to describe the time since human-like life forms appeared on Earth, and extraterrestrial and alien can be used to describe a non-Earth life form.[3]

  1. ^ "life form". World English Dictionary. Dictionary.com. 2009. 
  2. ^ "life form". Online Oxford Dictionary of English. Oxford University Press. 2005. 
  3. ^ "alien". World English Dictionary. Dictionary.com. 2009. 

Obankston (talk) 16:25, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

List or article?[edit]

This article is in Category:Indexes of articles. Should the article name be changed to List of life forms or List of life form related articles, or perhaps a redirect to this article from those names would be sufficient? Obankston (talk) 05:18, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Moved to List of life forms. The redirect from life form to this article should remain. Obankston (talk) 14:59, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
Fixed double redirects by looking for redirects in the "What links here" of life form and changing to List of life forms. Fixed category sort order of List of life forms. Obankston (talk) 15:42, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Unbalanced tag[edit]

I have added a tag to the article indicating it is unbalanced. I specifically question whether an article which goes by a straightforward title including "life form" goes in its lead to take a view of one particular branch of thought, and arguably a less than immediately obvious relevant branch of thought, process philosophy, as being a basis for inclusion. I believe that gives entirely undue weight to that marginally relevant group, and, on that basis, have added the tag.

I also note that not a single item in this list is separately referenced, including virtually all the content contained in any of the sections after the "scientific and evolutionary categories" section. I tend to believe that there is very good reason to believe that all such sections might be challenged in such an article as this one, and, that being the case, WP:MINREF, which is required when material is challenged or likely to be challenged, should be adhered to. I see several other problems with this list too, in relation to its adherence to the relevant policies and guidelines. Frankly, I am seriously thinking of proposing the whole list for deletion, as per the lack of apparent references which specifically prove the notability of this specific topic. I also, frankly, think that the seemingly non-existent obvious selection criteria raises serious WP:LSC concerns, and, unless those concerns are directly addressed, think that there is a strong possibility that the list might be proposed for deletion as being unmanagable until and unless some more effort is expended regarding these matters. John Carter (talk) 19:30, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Various solutions to the obvious problems of WP:OR and WP:SYNTH are being discussed at Fringe Theories Noticeboard here. - LuckyLouie (talk) 21:00, 12 May 2016 (UTC)