The Universe as Animal
One more thing I’d like to say in order to ‘biologize’ the universe. Many traditions, religious and spiritual, have viewed god or spirit as present in all things. Christianity believes God is omnipresent and speaks of being stewards to the Earth. Other traditions have worshiped gods as separate deities representing each part of the environment. Some have worshiped or respected each part of nature as a god. I don’t know enough about many native African and American religions to comment on them but that is the impression that has been given to me. As a result I believe there is, or was, a prevalent unconscious belief that we are within a larger organism. Gaia theory even posits this to some extent though not directly.