We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Media tends to focus on what it can report on and explain, making it a central discussion point. DNA has become this, from a biological standpoint. The Lewontin quote, "what is measurable is not interesting, and what is interesting is not measurable," is one I have tried to teach my co-workers. It is hard to not focus on what you can measure, however.
I loved the discussion of complex emergent systems, and particularly the commentary on phase transitions and symmetry breaking. It has applications in many other fields beyond just biology and physics.
I have used the term phase transition at the office many times to describe what is happening in our business.
The final paragraphs, discussing the inevitability of life formation and the likelihood of life on other planets was also intriguing. Though Doc Mercury may have taken issue with the life on other planets portion....