First in a series commenting on chapters in The Book of Barely Imagined Beings.
page ix: The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges. I have written an article about this book for The Guardian's Rereading series, and will post notification on this site when it goes live.
page x: Dreams. For Aboriginal Australians, the Dreaming allows them to “assent to life, as it is, without morbidity.”  For us, perhaps, the contemplation of natural history can afford a similar sense of acceptance and marvel at our place in the universe. As Charles Darwin wrote early in his career, “if, as the poets say, life is a dream, I am sure in a voyage these are the visions which serve best to pass away the long night.” 
page x: Zhuangzi. Compare “Biological systems are almost always more complex than you think – even when you allow for the fact that they are more complex than you think.” 
 The Role of Symbolic Capacity in the Origins of Religion by Terrence Deacon and Tyrone Cashman quoted in Religion in Human Evolution by Robert Bellah.
 The Voyage of the Beagle (1839)
 Evolution and the Complexity Principle by Nicholas Beale and Brian Josephson