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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-3: When we See the Difference, our World Changes

The Whole of Essay Nineteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer. —William of Ockham [1] The flexible behaviour of higher animals can’t be trusted to maintain resource partitions; only innate structure can. Thus ecological stability requires not only that inapposite curiosity …

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Young Buddha, Part -1: Overturning the Natural Conformity of Structure and Function

In recent years a promising scientific approach to comparative mythology has emerged in which researchers apply conceptual tools that biologists use to decipher the evolution of living species. In the hands of those who analyze myths, the method, known as phylogenetic analysis, consists of connecting successive versions of a mythological story and constructing a family …

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Two Buddhas Dance, Part-1: Different Tempos

The Whole of Essay Seventeen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice:  The story of Old Buddha ends (for the moment) and the story of Young Buddha begins. I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. —Friedrich Nietzsche [1] The final lesson to take from our …

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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-2: Our Own “Personal Evolutions”?

A short selection from Essay Sixteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. [YOU MIGHT WANT TO SKIP THIS ON A FIRST READING OF THE TWO BUDDHAS SEQUENCE] … novel behavior, (including the verbal and conceptual behaviors we call “ideas”) is the result of an orderly and dynamic competition among previously established behaviors, during which old …

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Old Buddha, Part-4: The Tree of Life ‘Conceptualizes’ its Own Form

A short selection from Essay Fourteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice According to modern ecological theory, high diversity at any trophic level of a community is possible only under the influence of cropping. —Steven M. Stanley, 1973 [1] The wolf makes the deer strong. —Oji-Cree stone-age wisdom Though the young of a species …

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Old Buddha Speaks, Part-1: Sexual Traits are “Words”

A short selection from Essay Thirteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  … the result is not death to the unsuccessful competitor, but few or no offspring. Sexual selection is, therefore, less rigorous than natural selection. —Charles Darwin [1] In evolutionary terms, competitive exclusion implies not only that an organism’s immediate prospects must decline …

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Old Buddha, Part-3: the Trees of Life and Knowledge are not the Trees you Know.

A short selection from Essay Twelve in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice The heavy is the root of the light. The unmoved is the source of all movement. Thus the master travels all day without leaving home. However splendid the views, she stays serenely in herself. Why should the lord of the country flit …

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Old Buddha, Part-2: Natural Selection is “Selfless” Selection

A short selection from Essay Eleven in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile. [YOU MIGHT WANT TO SKIP THIS ON A FIRST READING OF THE TWO BUDDHAS SEQUENCE] If, wherever you are, you take the role of the host, then whatever spot you stand in will be a true one. Then whatever circumstances surround you, they …

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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-1: A Contract Broken?

A short selection from Essay Ten in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  Look again at that dot … every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there—on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam … In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come …

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Old Buddha, Part-1: the Tree of Life

The second section of Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice begins. PART II —Darwin and the Tree of Life … as a result of competition two similar species scarcely ever occupy similar niches —Georgii Frantsevich Gause [1] I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection, …

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