The sixth image in the book Everything IS, a visual and intellectual theory of everything.
I first ambled down this mental trail while thinking about Evolution. Evolution at the level of multi-celled creatures seems very obvious. A zebra looks too much like a horse; we look too much like other primates; dinosaurs look too much like reptiles, etc. for me to doubt it.
However on the microscopic level, that moment when life was created from the primordial stew of non-living molecules…how did that happen? One minute there were non-living molecules floating around, the next minute they grouped into one-celled living creatures? How?
How did these one-celled creatures turn into multi-celled, sentient me? What is the mechanism? At one time there were only one-celled creatures, which bonded together to form multi-celled creatures, which began to act as one creature, which eventually emerged a consciousness. How does that work? What law of nature made that consciousness happen? The Weak Nuclear Force? The Strong Nuclear Force? Gravity? Electromagnetism? The Laws of Thermodynamics?
Maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Just like in a murder mystery, maybe we need to look for motive. Maybe WHY they grouped is more relevant to Everything than HOW they grouped.