On death and Dying
The following CA (Rule #600) is controlled by the
Plant: Plants a zygote.
Shorter: Makes CA shorter (at least one state)
Longer: Makes CA longer
Obstacle a toggle switch which places an obstacle at x=15.
Move obstacle+ moves it downward.
Move obstacle- moves it upward.
Start with planting a zygote and watch the one state CA advancing. Then click on "Longer" which determines how many states remain alive. The first state is the actual CA. It generates the other states which are its memory. When killed the CA consists only of its memories which then fade away. Older memories disappear first. The more memories a CA carries, the more prolonged is its dying.
All processes in the body follow this pattern. Take for instance protein assembly: Gene -> Proteins. The Gene is the active CA and the proteins, its "memory". When the gene is destroyed the assembly line disappears. (v Streaming proteins.)