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“Neither constancy nor relentless change will support a creation.

good creation, like good jazz, must balance the stable formula with frequent out-of-kilter notes.

Equilibrium is death. Yet unless a system stabilizes to an equilibrium point, it is no better than an explosion, and just as soon dead. A nothing, then, is both equilibrium and disequilibrium. 

A something is persistent disequilibrium — a continuous state of forever surfing on the edge between I never stopping but never falling. Honing in on that liquid threshold is the still mysterious holy grail of creation and the quest I of all amateur gods.”

From Kevin Kelly OUT OF CONTROL THE NEW BIOLOGY OF MACHINES