This essay, written by my friend Stuart Newman two years ago, might
I've reformatted it and attached it here as a PDF.
Stuart is a cell biologist at New York Medical College in Valhalla,
NY, and is one of the world's key dialectical thinkers in science and biology.
This is not everyone's "cup of tea", but for me everything Stuart
investigates and writes is of great interest, so I thought those who
are also interested in that topic might discuss it here.
As my brain recovers gradually from three years of "trouble" caused
by too little oxygen (due to beta blockers I'd been taking, which
slowed my heart too much while I slept) -- and yet somehow I wrote my
Monsanto book during that time! -- I've been recovering pieces I'd
been working on using the same general philosophical approach, trying
to understand what some call "emergent properties" and Chaos theory,
and how Life "self-develops" and sorts itself.
It was Stuart Newman -- along with Richard Levins, Martha Herbert,
Douglas Hofstadter, Bertell Ollman, Silvia Federici, Kamran Nayeri,
Brian Tokar, Howie Cohen, Vandana Shiva, and Petros Evdokas (and
tripping a lot on mescaline and acid) got me to thinking for many
decades of how what we call "consciousness" emerges from physical
clusters of cells, how ecosystems emerge and sustain ..... and how
that understanding can be applied to political consciousness / class
consciousness as well, although I grant it is a very large leap ....