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Top 5 Myths About Life Debunked

Updated on August 24, 2014

What Is Life?

Life is a distinguishing characteristic that physical entities possess. The self-sustaining life process consists of being born, living for many years, and finally death. Biology is a science concerned with the study of life. The smallest contiguous matter of life is called an organism. Organisms are composed of cells that has a metabolism, maintains homeostasis, can grow, respond to stimuli, can reproduce and, through evolution, adapt to their environment in successive generations. A diverse array of living organisms can be found in the biosphere of Earth and the properties of these organisms are very similar. These living organisms are a carbon and water based with a cellular form, complex organization, and heritable genetic information. Some of the common living organisms are:

  • Humans
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Fungi
  • Bacteria

The earliest physical evidence of life beginning on Earth was 3.7 billion years ago in western Greenland and 3.48 billion years ago in western Australia. Several recent studies suggest that life on Earth may have started even earlier, as early as 4.25 billion years ago according to one particular study. Another study concluded that life began even earlier, like 4.4 billion years ago. The mechanism of which life began on Earth is unknown, although many hypotheses have been formulated. Since emerging, life has evolved into a variety of forms. Life can survive and thrive in a wide range of conditions. Life is always evolving and changing to adapt to new environments and circumstances.

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What is the Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? The meaning of life is a philosophical question about the significance of life or existing in general. It can also be expressed in different forms of a question, such as "why are we here?", "what is life all about?", and "what is the purpose of existence?" It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculations and theories throughout history. There have been a large number of proposed answers to these questions from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds.

The meaning of life is in the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, social ties, consciousness, and happiness. The meaning of life also includes many other issues, such as a symbolic meaning, values , purposes, ethics, good and evil choices, free will, the existence of one or multiple gods, conceptions of God, the soul, and the afterlife. Scientific views focus primarily on describing related facts about the universe, like exploring the context and parameters concerning the 'how' of life. Science also studies and provides insight on the pursuit of well-being and related conceptions of morality. The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of success, or even a feeling of importance.

The 5 Top Myths About Life

There are myths heard about life from everywhere, including family, friends, and television. Many myths about life are have thought to be true, but they are not. As a person goes through life, they form their own opinions based on what they have lived, seen, and experienced for themselves. Below is a list of the top 5 myths about life, with details on how they are debunked. This list is entertaining and creative for all to read and enjoy.

1. "It's Like Taking Candy From a Baby."

This is a myth because it is not easy to take candy from a baby. It seems as though children guard their candy and won't let it go without a fight. Kicking, screaming, and crying are the usual reactions from a child after their candy has been taken away from them. Children enjoy candy so much because of the sweetness, the colors, and the aroma. It's a special treat when a child gets candy and they will not let it go so easily. Sometimes it's best to let the child enjoy their sweet reward instead of taking it away. Besides, why would anyone even think about taking candy from a baby?

2. "You Can't Get an STD if You Use Birth Control."

This is a very popular myth because many people believe that it is true. Birth control (depo, the pill or patch, IUD) is just that, to avoid getting pregnant. The only real way to avoid contacting an STD, or sexually transmitted diseases, is to practice abstinence which means no sex. Regular check ups and using condoms are ways to help reduce the risk, but those methods aren't guaranteed. Condoms have many tiny wholes for STD's to travel through, so they are not completely safe. Talking to your partners before anything happens is the only real way of knowing if STD's are an issue, and even then the truth may not come out.

3. "Shaved Hair Grows Back Thicker."

This myth is a fun one because there are many people who say that it's true. Shaving doesn't make your hair grow back thicker, but it is more coarse. Hair may grow back darker, which can make it look thicker but it's really not. If it were factual, then women would look like bears when they forget to shave. Men wouldn't have bald spots in their facial hair.

4. "Sunday is a Day of Rest."

This myth is actually supposed to be true. Christians believe that God made the world in six days and the seventh day is a day of rest, which is Sunday or the Sabbath. Sunday is actually the busiest day for many people. Some people work on Sunday, while others may go to church, out to eat, then shopping. For example, it's Sunday and I am working on my hubs. Sunday is usually a day for many people to prepare for the week to come and to take care of things that can't be done during the week. Some people even get married on Sunday. In reality, there is little to no rest on Sundays for many people.

5. "Men and Women Are Equal."

Many people, including many women, believe that this myth is true. Men and women are not equal. A good example is the difference between a man and a woman getting a speeding ticket. A woman can sometimes talk her way out of getting a ticket if the officer is a man. A man is expected to open doors for a woman or give up his seat for her, which is not being treated as an equal. Some types of careers will not allow women or men. Women can get certain benefits that men can't, like ladies night at bars. Bars do not offer a men's night and that is not equal.

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      Cristale 5 years ago from Florida

      That is my next hub idea!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have been following this hub and you. I would surely and purely love for you to right the flip side. It seems you are dancing with the negative and that is cool, but it leaves me thirsty for the positive.

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      Cristale 5 years ago from Florida

      You are welcome. Thanks for reading!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      We may have words about specifics, but that's life. I buy into your overall idea. thank you

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      Cristale 5 years ago from Florida

      Hmmm, very interesting thought. Thanks for the comment!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting ideas. This reminded me a a bit of an old song; Old Man River.