Just some follow up for the thoughts on the source of ash in more detail, which we’ve discussed a bit in the skype meeting. I’m thinking about the transition between non-living to living, non-animated to semi-animated to animated, organic to inorganic back to organic. It raises one question: for the idea of “ash” exists in different ways – the ash of organic matters, ash of inorangic matters, natural ash, and non-natural ash. We often associate the burnt remain of living entities as ash, in the sense of Ashes to Ashes in funeral across all cultures. The relation from ash to protocell completes the cycle of life -> death (non-living) -> semi-living (protocells). But can we make life from the originally “non-living” ashes?

Although I’m not sure will we be capable of the chemical process. But could we find, for example, volcano ash / graphite stones whose origin is consider as non-living, inorganic, to make protocells? It would be an really interesting idea to challenge the question that at what stage do we start to feel something as living? And does the process of turning ashes (from living things) into protocell any different from the inorganic process?

Another idea we’ve been chatting about and personally I find rather intriguing is can we make the soap completely from one thing? For example, banana soap that is completely come from oil/lye extracted from banana. Or Olive. I think it was Helena or Charli that mentioned the problem of banana being modified to the extend that they are unable to propagate themselves through seedlings. Which will be a very nice aspect to draw in the social issues. I’ve came across some discussion of making bio-ethanol fuel from banana peel fermentation. Anyway we will still need to get fatty acid / oil from bananas as far as I understand.

Any other interesting fruit that will be for this? I am thinking of durian. That’s a very tropical fruit. Perhaps there are similar fatty fruit in Finland?