biological noise meets story

27 life is dramatic

‘Just as physics discovered the indeterminate quantum world – a discovery that erased classifications about the fixed reality of time and space – so biology is uncovering the unknowable mess at its core.’*

‘It is strange to be here.  The mystery never leaves you alone.  Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits.  A world lives within you.’**

Biological noise is the term biology uses for chaos.  Motoo Kimura claimed it is chaos that drives the evolution of our genes, the average genome changing a hundred times the rate predicted by evolutionary theory.

Chaos is not only something playing upon us from beyond, but is also something at work within us.  And while chaos helps to explain the chaos emerging from human life, it doesn’t excuse it.  We tend to play with chaos through the stories we tell.

We might even claim that our stories increase the speed of chaos because they add the unpredictable to the unpredictable.

And maybe this chaos playing upon chaos is what we call life.

(*From Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist.)
(**From John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara.)

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