So far reality has been depicted as a disorderly mist, fractured with a scatter of low-entropy pockets – “systems” – that feed on each other in a swirling, co-adaptive dance towards ever-increasing complexity.

The unreasonable ubiquity of hierarchies should be suspect. Is the fact that you need a B to get from A to C – the fact that any accomplishment stands on the shoulders of giants – so trivial and arbitrary so as to be practically worthless?