|Startling homomorphism (deep homology)|
between plankton and neural tissue points to
a biological basis for the Planktonic Unconscious.
But the islands are much more than a mere showcase for science. There is also about them an aura of the preternatural, as though they represent one of those sacred natural sites that to folks of many beliefs are mystical, imbued with spirituality.
Yet what about the Galápagos creates this impression?
|Snorkelers follow a volcanic cliff face in the |
|Plankton dreams: plankton-rich waters obscure |
the fish, but adumbrations of archetypes emerging
through the murk excite the imagination. Indeed, the
ocean itself is an archetype – the hot tub, as it were,
of the Planktonic Unconscious.
|Amongst living organisms, eukaryotic |
choanoflagellates are are genetically most
closely related to animals. As such, they
serve as a model of our unicellular
ancestors. Thriving on bacteria and detritus,
they make up a major part of plankton’s
contribution to the global carbon cycle.
Evidence of cryptic sexuality amongst them,
moreover, points to an important role in the
evolution of the Planktonic Unconscious.
|Plankton form the foundation of the marine food |
I wish to acknowledge comedian Jerry Lewis who can prattle on brilliantly in what sounds for all the world like French or German without uttering a single real word of either language, and likewise les Jacques, Derrida and Lacan, who (in their cases, presumably unbeknownst to themselves) did much the same thing.
I acknowledge that this exposition may be sexist in that it privileges plankton, organisms that thrash about like spermatozoa, over organisms that don’t.