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  • Eighth step: And yet there is a spectrum of response between ourselves, the plant and the rock that can be seen to operate according to the complexity of the available reactions. All processes respond to conditions, exchanging energy and information…
  • Fifth step: one way that offers this alternative perspective is to consider how idiosyncratic our historical development has been: we need not have come to this relationship with the world as a species. It was not inevitable. It just happened. The m…
  • Thanks to you all for your useful responses. I'm going to have to put this on hold for a while and concentrate a bit on the drudgery of writing up a first chapter so I won't respond as fully to this as I'd be inclined to if there was more time. For…
  • Graham: Air, rocks, and oceans ’use’ far more solar energy than life. (’use’ means convert light to heat, roughly speaking). I wonder if you mean that, relative to the amount of energy 'used' by life, rocks, etc, use more (and I'd certainly ac…
  • To John Baez: I haven't read or heard of this book (Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers, Order Out of Chaos: Man’s New Dialogue With Nature) but I'll look it up. It looks like it's a mathematical angle on what Lynn Margulis and others have done on …
  • Many thanks to Frederik, John and David. I'm afraid this is rather a long answer (cue the Twain cliche: I didn't have time for brevity... in fact, I've had to divide this into two reponses...) You all rightly recognise that what I'm trying to do, i…
  • I tried to do something (though in a far less organised way) here in the west of Ireland with wave energy. In the end, my ideas (admittedly half-cooked - though I'd approached a Scottish company, WaveBob, and they'd shown a lot of interest - I had n…
  • I'd love, with your permission, to reblog the list of seven to my site, www.gamanrad.wordpress.com if that was ok. Let me know, and thanks. Great list!