Biofilia

 

Biofilia is a classroom conversation and lecture on the living world.   In a few hours we look at our fellow travellers at the molecular level first, then the cellular level, before we start talking about bacteria, the original cells that were alone on the earth for 3 billion years before they created other cells soon turned into plants and fungi and much later animals.  And not only bacteria are the ancesters but they are our symbionts.  They are everywhere and they live within us.  Each and every cell that relies on oxygen to release the energy from chemical bonds, ie respiration, harbors hundreds of bacteria we call mitochondria.   The plants also breathe but they have additional bacteria in the form of chloroplasts, the green organelles that capture the energy from the sun and make chemical bonds.  Everything green around you is the color of bacteria.   And then there is the microbiome.  This new superorgan in our intestine populated by a hundred trillion bacteria that more or less have control of most of our internal organs including our immune and digestive system and the brain.

 And eventually we talk about plants and animals.  Are they really that smart ?

 Come and join the conversation and find who your biological parents and your extended family are.