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Life force

A new book challenges the gene-centric view of life by placing energy back at the centre of the story. It has some of the freshness and originality of "The Selfish Gene," but don't expect an easy read

By Oliver Morton   December 2005

After the depredations of Douglas Adams and Monty Python, it is a surprise that anyone can write about the meaning of life with a straight face these days. Life is not, after all, the sort of thing that has a meaning, any more than gravity or time does. Words have meanings, stories have meanings, and as humans are creatures of narrative our individual lives, too, can have meanings gleaned from or thrust upon them. It is hard, though, for any non-religious person to see life in general as a thing that should have a meaning, any more than it is…

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