One genuine surprise in recent decades has been the discovery that plants have nervous systems like animals.
“There is intelligence that underlies the evolutionary process. You cannot explain it without that.”
As Turner says, homeostasis is an exceedingly strange idea. Yet without homeostasis there is no life.
Intellectual discovery is often a matter of rediscovery: reviving insights that were available before but overlooked, forgotten, or neglected.
In his provocative new book Purpose and Desire, J. Scott Turner tells the story about the Christmas pony.