As Turner says, homeostasis is an exceedingly strange idea. Yet without homeostasis there is no life.
In redefining life to make its origin easier to explain, origin-of-life researchers are now increasingly emphasizing the ability of life to evolve.
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.