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By Diane Ackerman

ISBN-10: 0307763315

ISBN-13: 9780307763310

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand travel of the area of the senses contains conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a pro nostril in ny, in addition to dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic delicacies and the track performed by means of the planet Earth.

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30). Let us look at how the associated, co-operating beings in acquiring the capacity to perceive ambient disturbances caused by the oscillations of their own set of organisms, acting together, would have a great advantage in improving their co-operation, to a point previously out of reach. The following example attempts to demonstrate a conceivable way in which the perception of an ambient disturbance, caused by the organisms of co-operating creatures might have contributed to their acting simultaneously.

E. origins of action) obviously requires the continual supply of external energy to the living beings of the lowest level (protoplasms); according to this basic feature of the theory of feeding it is the protoplasm which receives the energy resulting from processes established by cosmic and biological evolution. 2. The question of the energy nature of the organism in a living being The characteristics of the organism (the site in each living being of its individuality) imply the immediate problem of how one is to discover the originating processes of an organism and T h e Organism 17 how it supports itself from creatures on the lower level.

One must therefore define the meaning of the "moment" of the organism's formation. 1 the organism of a living being originates directly from organisms of living beings of the immediately lower level which constitute the soma of the higher being. This inference is supported by the following facts: (a) each living being proceeds from living beings on the immediately lower level, which necessarily constitute its soma; (b) each living being acts through the intermediate actions of the lower living beings of its soma; (c) living beings of any level have an organism, an unitary origin of their own action.

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