QUOTE 33 from:
Fiscus, D. (2001) The Ecosystemic Life Hypothesis. Available from: http://www.calresco.org/fiscus/esl.htm, accessed on 6/05/05
A reciprocal relation with environment is arguably as important for understanding life as it is for understanding ecosystems. This, combined with the historical scientific trend to explain ecosystems in ever more physical terms, says to me that the concepts of life and ecosystem are necessarily linked and naturally convergent.