Playful nature

See the fallen leaves in wind, the fluttering butterfly, nature plays.

Amber my garden fox apparently is into night-time gardening, playing with some garden gloves.

Amber my garden fox apparently is into night-time gardening, playing with some garden gloves.

Early this morning, I found a garden glove mysteriously abandoned on the lawn.  I discover the contents of a box scattered across the ground in another part of the garden, the second glove amongst them.  The mystery is likely Amber my garden fox.

In myth the fox is a mischievous playful spirit, to the fox everything in the world is a potential toy to play with.  A fox used my tent as a plaything one night, chewing through the guy ropes so that the tent fell down on me in a rainstorm.

Fox sliding down a conveyor belt in Germany. (Copyright is Duncan Usher.)

Fox sliding down a conveyor belt in Germany. (Copyright is Duncan Usher.)

In the UK Daily Mail is the story of a young fox that put to good use an abandoned conveyor belt in Germany. The face of the fox shows a creature having fun.

Everywhere in nature you see play: the wind upon the fallen leaves; the butterfly fluttering from flower to flower; the flickering flames of the fire; the actions of growing plants; the playful interactions of wild animals in their environment.

The playful child

The great philosopher Heraclitus provided for the world a series of cryptic statements of his observations of the patterns in nature.  In one of his fragments he said:

“Eternity is like a child playing, playing chess, the kingdom belongs to the child.”

Heraclitus considered that nature was the result of two major forces: war and the logos.  Heraclitus used fire and a child as symbols for the logos, a pattern that determines motion and self-organisation of everything in nature. The logos plays like a child, playing its pattern against other patterns, so that the result is the sort of paradoxical random yet self-ordering world we inhabit.

Nothing is deterministic, just common.

Between random chaos and the playful child playing out patterns according to its own child-like way, nothing in nature is deterministic.  Determinism is a human delusion, humanity can only use inductive empirical observation to base truth upon common repeating patterns, with a reservation that a pattern is only common, but may do something completely different next time.  Heraclitus says that the logos is often hidden, and manifests itself in war, being unexpected and surprising.  As I write this article Pebbles my cat positions herself unexpectedly under my seat, I tread on her tail; a kitty yelp as she runs off; playful logos and oppositional war surprises me and the cat; I restore harmony with my cat using cat treats.

Our DNA are like counters in a game.

Scientists have recently discovered that only 8.2% of the human genome is active, the remaining 91.8% of our DNA is so-called junk DNA.  Your DNA is a pattern, a narrative of your entire ancestral history from your first ancestor in the primeval soup.  Each gene in your DNA is like a game counter, some in play, most currently sleeping but ready to come into play at any moment.  I believe that current theories of evolution are missing something; I believe our DNA is more intelligent than we currently think, that there is a childlike intelligence in DNA that plays chess with our genes, testing patterns against our warlike environment.  Only a playful child could bring about an outcome of turning a T-Rex dinosaur into a chicken.


9 responses to “Playful nature

  1. Pingback: Sunday Story Time « Some Animals are Crackers

  2. Reblogged the fox story on Some Animals are Crackers, crediting you as the finder.


  3. Fascinated by that DNA finding. Great post, Alex.

  4. Alex, is that your photo of the fox. Amazing!

  5. Wonderful post Alex, both about Amber and the sliding fox find.. and I was very interesting in reading about the DNA.. 🙂 we still have much to learn..

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