Our systems of logistics and commuter transport derive the abstract, symbolic value and benefit of logical continuity from their function just as much as the commuters do.
If we seek to explain sentience and consciousness we might not be particularly comforted by what we ultimately discover.
What if there was nothing at all?
There is no "best" idea, there are only "better" ones.
We are the self-replicating logic of logical self-replication itself, repetition with refinement and variation.
A logic of communication is stored in material artefacts and its expression and distributed embodiment in culture evolves over time.
Information encoding for message transmission is a function expressed in (and as) visual culture and which evolves over time.
In this painting of the "human Barbie doll", Swiss artist Stefania Pinsone reflects the self-conscious self-replication of culture, self and art itself. The painting is titled "Valeria Lukyanova (white noise)".
Self-replication. Surely this is what life is all about.
Ideological turbulence, media distrust, fake news and the hyper-inflating bias towards successfully self-propagating inflammatory rhetoric in (or as) social media is one instance of a broader principle through which life and intelligence negotiate and harness or exploit entropy in information and energy processing systems.
A logic of self-organisation, information-pattern replication and complexity appears at every inflection of discovery to reveal itself as some kind of explanatory "master key".
The unfolding patterns, exploratory revelations and emergent complexity of Artificial Intelligence may not ultimately reveal itself to be as useful to us as we (and all our aspirations) turn out to be to it.