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"pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious
organism on earth..."
amoeba also ameba (e-mê´be) noun
plural amoebas or amoebae (-bê)
A protozoan of the genus Amoeba or related genera,
occurring in water
and soil and as a parasite in other animals. An amoeba has no definite
form and consists essentially of a mass of protoplasm containing one nucleus
or more surrounded by a delicate, flexible outer membrane. It moves by
means of pseudopods.
[New Latin, genus name, from Greek amoibê,
change, from ameibein, to change.]
- amoe´bic (-bîk) adjective
ameba (e-mê´be) or amoeba, one-celled
PROTOZOAN in the phylum Sarcodina. Amebas constantly change their body
shape as they form temporary extensions called pseudopods, or false feet,
used for feeding and locomotion. Most amebas range from 5 to 20 microns
in diameter. They engulf their prey (diatoms, algae, or bacteria) with
their pseudopods, forming vacuoles in which food is digested by ENZYMES.
Reproduction is usually by binary fission (splitting) to produce two daughter
amebas, the nucleus dividing by MITOSIS; some also reproduce sexually.
Amebas live in fresh and marine waters and the upper layers of soil. Many
are PARASITES of aquatic and terrestrial animals, and some cause disease,
e.g., amebic dysentery.
amoeba n. Humorous term for the Commodore Amiga
- _The New Hacker's
Life uses borders and life violates borders and
life constructs media of its own to fill up the extra spaces. The amoeba
and the fertilized egg are both sacs of juice and slime -- one grows by
splitting itself, the other by being split. Viral-like DNA is "freely exchanged"
in gushes of juice and slime
-- liquid with paradoxical form -- the very liminality of form itself --
secret secretions -- the viscous slippery in-betweeness of the organic
-- the placental wetness of becoming.
- Hakim Bey - _Boundary
as part of aboriginal culture, ancient Mayan
civilisation, neanderthal man - you name it - is all part of an even longer
tradition that goes back deep into pre-prehistory.
You see, the reason 'primitive'/'tribal'/'naive'
cultures like to dance is because it feels good, and it feels good because
those rhythms resonate
with the vibrations of their DNA.
So we're tied up with dancing/raving at a sub-cellular level.
As we become more 'advanced' or 'civilised' we
travel away from that basic awareness and it becomes harder for us, as
individuals, to get in touch with the vibrations of our DNA. There
are several techniques which we can use to overcome the boundaries thrown
up by our intellectual advancement; one of the most important is the use
plants, which dissolve
those boundaries and enable us to get in touch with our DNA.
Of course, this goes down to an even deeper level.
The reason your DNA's vibrating is because it, in turn, is resonating with
the carrier wave of reality
itself. One day, when you get properly in rhythm with your sub-cellular
vibrations, you'll be able to locate that carrier wave and take a ride
on it, away from Samsara and into the realm of the ideas. This will
be A Worthwhile Exercise.
Of course, less advanced creatures than humans
have much less difficulty feeling their DNA vibrate. I reckon amoebas
are seriously going off :-)
for track _Amoeba_ MP3
by Future Sound Of London off of _ISDN_ CD
on Astralwerks (1995)
track _Adios Amoeba_ MP3
off of _All
Boundaries Are Illusion_ compilation CD
- tech house track _Amoeba_ MP3
by Hakan Lidbo off of _Sound Oddities ep_ 12" on Moody (2000)
- track _Rollercoaster (Listen And Feel Live Mix)_ by
Amoeba Assassin off of _Hardesertrance2_ MixCD by DJ Brian of Moontribe
track _Amoeba_ MP3
by Future Sound of London off of _ISDN_ CD
on Astralwerks (1995)
track _Amoeba_ MP3 (192k)
track _S.A.L.T._ MP3
by The Orb
off of _Orblivion_ CD on Island (1997)
- sample from the film _Naked_ (vhs/ntsc)
directed by Mike Leigh: "Do you think that the amoeba ever dreamed
it would evolve
into the frog? And when that first frog
shimmied out of the water
and employed its vocal cords in order to attract a mate onto the turn of gravity,
did that frog ever imagine
that the insignificant call would evolve into all the languages
of the world into all the literature of the world? And just as that froggie
could never have conceived of Shakespeare
so we can not possibly imagine our destiny. Look, if you take the
whole of time
and represent it by one year, were only in the first few moments of the
first of January. There's a long way to go. Only now we're not going
to spout extra limbs and wings and fins because evolution itself is evolving.
When it comes, the apocalypse itself will be part of the process
of that leap of evolution. By the very definition of apocalypse, mankind
must cease to exist, at least in a material form. We'll evolve into something
that transcends matter, into a species of pure thought. Are you with me?"