Dave: FYI, a golden rectangle is slightly longer than a silver. Silver, as per ISO paper sizes, forms a rectangle of the same ratio when you split it in half across its long side. With a golden, if you remove a square with sides equal to the short side of rectangle, the remaining rectangle will have the same ratio as the original rectangle. I hope that makes sense because I rewrote it three times...
Also if you ever run into an engineer from Oregon who has the Fibonacci spiral tattooed on his arm under the header “The Golden Ratio”, please note he doesn’t take kindly to you pointing out that those two ratios aren’t the same thing, nor the same spiral.
I don't know if we'll know if viruses are alive or not for a long time. But I do know that people ascribe agency to viruses far too much. So I lean towards telling people viruses aren't alive because it eliminates that concept of agency the same way most people don't believe their computers have agency.
That has been debated back and forth ever since viruses were discovered. The current consensus is that viruses do meet the bare minimum qualification to be counted as "alive", but it's a pretty recent consensus. Like 2016-recent.