Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Lynn Margulis describes stromatolites as the first cities, if not the first skyscrapers.
Could one consider these material organizations accomplished by cyanobacteria as a primitive, proto-, example of "cultural morphogenesis"? It is unlikely that there is a kind of "high-level" communication occurring between the microorganisms that leads to these formations.
But could these be more than the mere extension of their own "individual" phenotypes, in R. Dawkins terms?