To a philosopher, is the human brain no different from a nonliving gizmo like a computer or a light switch?
Although in some respects a deceptive resemblance may appear between the living and the nonliving, the distinction is definite.
"alive," also "residing, staying," c.1200, from present participle of live (v.)).
"living persons," late Old English; early 14c. as "the fact of dwelling in some place," from Old English lifiende "that lives or has life," present participle of lifan (see live (v.)). The meaning "action, process, or method of gaining one's livelihood" is attested from c.1400.