[lit-ideas] organism-slash-environment

  • From: Eric <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 11:49:52 -0500

by the way, what is an "enviornoment"?

MW 11th gives us


1 : the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
2 a : the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival b : the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
3 : the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence
4 : a computer interface from which various tasks can be performed *a programming environment*
synonyms see BACKGROUND

Something Alan Watts wrote sticks in mind:

Isn't it more correct to refer to a biological entity as an organism/environment? There are no organisms without environments. They are the same process.

What is the philosophical objection to that?

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