"I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO THINK OF THE EARTH AS A KIND OF ORGANISM,
BUT IT IS A NO GO. I cannot think of it this way. It is too big,
too complex, with too many working parts lacking visible connections.
The other night, driving through a hilly, wooded part of southern
England, I wondered about this. If not like an organism, what is it
like, what is it most like? Then, satisfactorily for that moment,
it came to me: It is most like a single cell."
- The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, by Lewis Thomas
Published by Bantam Books, Copyright 1974
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