DURATION: 3+ billion years on Earth
KEY ATTRIBUTE: Persistence through time / Metabolism
KEY SPECIATION: Eukaryote (cells containing a nucleus)
KEY TISSUE TYPE: Endoderm
KEY SENSES: Vibration / Olfaction
KEY HUMAN MOVEMENT DYNAMIC: Homologous
An organism is a self contained system that persists through time, and replicates. These are foundational qualities defining all forms of life. For the vast majority of the time organisms have inhabited Earth (~5/6) this was the defining characteristic, and is still the order of business of almost all of the biomass on earth (plant / bacteria / fungi).
The key discoveries that led to the emergence of life were the biochemical processes which we call metabolism. These are cyclical processes which unfold through time, and are not strongly influenced by the spatial dimensions.
When the metabolic conditions attain a certain favorable threshold, the organism “bifurcates”, following the mandate of life to expand.
In humans these metabolic processes still dominate our core physiology in the function of our organs.
The foundational dimension of life is Time.
Terrestrial organisms above a certain mass contend with gravity. Tensegrity
parasympathetic / Enteric
The Freeze response.
The “meta” qualities of point dynamics