Mass, time, magnetic moment, the unconscious: we have grown up with these symbolic concepts, so that we are startled to be told that man had once to create them for himself. He had indeed, and he has: for mass is not an intuition in the muscle, and time is not bought ready-made at the watchmaker’s.

The discoveries of science, the works of art are explorations — more, are explosions, of a hidden likeness. The discoverer or the artist presents in them two aspects of nature and fuses them into one. This is the act of creation, in which an original thought is born, and it is the same act in original science and original art.

But we know very well that this natural universe is neither prickles nor goo exclusively: it’s gooey prickles and prickly goo [and] we’re always playing with the two.

Alan Watts. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts

Animated here: http://www.freshminds.com/animation/alan_watts_prickles.html

And explained further in Watts’ essay on “The Nature of Consciousness”: 
http://deoxy.org/w_nature.htm

Organisms are resilient patterns in a turbulent flow

Quote in context: “Imagine a child playing in a woodland stream, poking a stick into an eddy in the flowing current, thereby disrupting it. But the eddy quickly reforms. The child disperses it again. Again it reforms, and the fascinating game goes on. There you have it! Organisms are resilient patterns in a turbulent flow—patterns in an energy flow…. It is becoming increasingly clear that to understand living systems in any deep sense, we must come to see them not materialistically, as machines, but as stable, complex, dynamic organization.”

— Carl R. Woese. 2004. “A New Biology for a New Century.” Microbiol Mol Biol Rev. 2004 June; 68(2): 173–186. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC419918/

doi:  10.1128/MMBR.68.2.173-186.2004