In October 4th issue of the New York Times, an article touted the brilliance of slime. It seems that slime when traversing a location in search of food will discover the most efficient way to travel.
Researcher, Andrew Adamatzky, favorite hobby is challenging slime to build a highway system. Last year he and his colleagues placed a slime on a map of Spain and Portugal with pieces of food on the largest cities. “The slime grew a network ….that was nearly identical to the actual highway system on the Iberian Peninsula.” So, who needs to think things through?
Actually, in much of my work about person/ place, I have come to understand that the systems we set up for ourselves can be like the slime, perfectly suited to a situation or unlike the slime, who obviously can’t sabotage itself, systems that sabotage our best interest. The difference lies in our ability to analyse, yup the neo-cortex at work
Yes, I know that we are far more complex and that complexity obviously has its benefits. We don’t spend a lifetime slinking around looking for food. We can think, analyze, and ponder much of the time to our benefits, but some of the time to our detriment.
My suggestion is to do a slime walk through you home and see where paths lead. Are your networks taking you to those areas that contribute to productivity, intimacy, and self-promotion? Or, do you have a bee-line to the boob tube and the refrigerator? It might be interesting to discover your preferred routes!