Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Thief of Time

This is a great book as it covers chaos and emergence and what it actually means in terms of life. How life breaks all the rules, how the order of life arises from the chaos of the universe and how as a consequence life exists on the margins of the possible as a fragile bubble of existence that vanishes in an instant in the universal scale of things. I don’t know if that is depressing or optimistic.

The irony of the auditors is that they represent the accounting of the universe that hates the untidiness if life but they also represent the extreme of reductionist science. Trying to understand art and beauty by taking it apart and examining it a molecule at a time. Sometimes science forgets that you need to look at the whole and that the whole is more than the sum of the parts even if it shouldn’t be as Susan realises.

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