What Science Teaches

How do we understand life and the Universe? In twenty-first-century science, the very disparate fields of biology and physics have come to a shared understanding: everything we observe is not a separate “thing” but a participant in a vast web of relationships. Living systems and the Universe are best understood as dense layers of networked relationships. Even a single cell is a complex network, far beyond the imaginings of scientists until a few years ago. Nothing living lives alone. This shift in understanding became clear as the blinders of mechanistic thinking were torn off by the paradoxes revealed in scientific evidence.

Life insisted on being understood differently and everything changed. The pursuit of basic building ...

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