"Patterns of connection"--Gregory Bateson

From Gregory Bateson's "Mind and nature: A Necessary Unity" I picked up the term "patterns of connection." For me, now, patterns of connection are what distinguish life from non-life. Chemical phenomena may exhibit scattered patterns of connection, but they are seldom embedded in other patterns of connection as is typical of life. Patterns of connection are found in both human minds and evolution. Patterns of connection are the very substance of life. Life consists of matter, and patterns of connection. That seems the essence of what life consists of. [Note: this article has the form of a book review but is posted in the section "Modern Outsiders" for its value in guiding non-darwinian thinking about evolution.] More...

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