Infinity in a Nipple from Everything IS by Sarah C Card
page 34-35 from Everything IS, a visual and philosophical theory of everything Let’s take our thought experiment further by erasing all the lines in the shifting sand that we have made between living matter and non-living matter; between plant and animal; between reptile and mammal—categories that were created by us and that have fuzzy lines between them: is a virus living? all mammals bear their young live and nurse them, except the platypus….there are always exceptions because we made up the rules. The rules don’t exist in and of themselves. If there is even one creature identified which does not fit wholly in one category or another, then there is no real line, just man-made categories. Are we driven to databases? Or are we just following Queen TUT’s patterns of grouping by grouping our data? Now that those lines are erased, let’s back up to before there were one-celled creatures. Would the pattern then be the same? Did/do atoms group together into molecules for symbiotic or parasitic reasons or just for fun or because the atoms next to them were grouping? Or for any of the multiplicity of reasons that political systems rise and fall? Did molecules follow the same pattern to form DNA strands, which attracted some other types of molecules for some other reason—like the large fish that have the smaller fish clean parasites off of them, perhaps—to form cells, which formed colonies which began to act in concert and became unable to act independently which then hung out in bunches of colonies which became shoals or bee hives or ant colonies or organs or cities or galaxies, the members of which are also not able to live independently any more?