The basic subdivision in life is between ability and mechanics. This could also be described as a subdivision of quality and quantity, but less accurately.
Where mechanics have ability, the ability is only apparent and has been endowed into the mechanics by life. It is all right to suppose that an electronic brain (computer) is capable of thought as long as one realizes that life itself must necessarily be present in order to give cause and quality, or direction, to such a brain. An electronic brain will sit all day and do nothing unless life starts the machine running....