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How Cooperating Microbes Shaped Life on Earth (scientificamerican.com)
32 points by chablent 4 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

The fun thing is that when people mention the "grey goo" disaster. Well that happened. Evolution "didn't progress" for 3 billion years. Then the oxygen catastrophe made sure the grey goo was on the back foot for a few hundred million years (ie. it accidentally almost completely destroyed itself. Whoops)

And the branch of life we're part of ... adapted faster to the new circumstances.

German writer Andreas Weber has a poetic, beautiful and nerdy book on the same concept. Highly recommended as a way to expand beyond the technical concept of microbial cooperation and think about the symbiosis that makes our lives possible and wonderful. https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/matter-and-desire/

"None of your neurons know who you are, nor do they care." Daniel Dennett

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