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James Lovelock, however, defines life as a self-preserving, self-similar system
of feedback loops like Humberto Maturana's • autopoiesis; as a self-similar system. LIFE could be a cell as well as an organ embedded into a larger organism as well as an individual in a larger inter-dependent social context. The biggest context of interacting inter-dependent living entities is the Earth. The problematic empirical definition is getting “fuzzy on the edges”: Why are highly specialized bacteria like E. coli that are unable to thrive outside their habitat considered “life”, while mitochondria, which have evolved independently from the rest of the cell, are not? In other words Lovelock dealt with them holistically, naming this self-regulating living system [which we refer to as nature] after the Greek goddess GAIA.
NO RESPECT for your environment - NO RESPECT for YOURSELF
“In the doomsday scenarios we are so often invited to contemplate, the ultimate tragedy is that a material world capable of being a manifestation in human hands of divine love is left to itself, as humanity is gradually choked, drowned or starved by its own stupidity.” Dr Rowan Williams
What’s especially remarkable - the close parallels between ant colonies’ networks and
human-engineered ones. One example is “Anternet”, where we, a group of researchers at
Stanford, found that the algorithm desert ants use to regulate foraging is like the Traffic Control
Protocol (TCP) [updated with correct spelling] used to regulate data traffic on the internet.
Both ant and human networks use positive feedback: either from acknowledgements that
trigger the transmission of the next data packet, or from food-laden returning foragers that
trigger the exit of another outgoing forager.
This research led some to marvel at the ingenuity of ants, able to invent systems familiar to us:
wow, ants have been using internet algorithms for millions of years!
( WIRED, too, flirted with the concept of “anternet” in its Jargon Watch column last year.)
The emergence of an efficiency led full circle evolution IS NOW on the horizon.
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