p. 300: Unfolding, the essential feature of all living process—which we may also call differentiation—comes about… because it always occurs in a certain kind of sequence. p. 304: Each new differentiation introduces a new center by making a further division in the configuration of previously existing centers. The new center… is easy to create because the context for creating it has been built up coherently in the steps before. At each moment you have a wholeness… As the wholeness develops it gets differentiated. …each differentiation unfolds naturally from the one which preceded it.
p. 305-306: A sequence works, or does not work, according to the order of the steps. …For a given task, the number of all sequences which work is tiny by comparison with the huge number of all possible sequences. …as sequences get more and more …out of order, the effect will be that …incoherence in the unfolding will occur, and important structure will be lost. …it is possible to identify, unambiguously, whether …the sequence contradicts itself—that means, whether one is forced to backtrack because step B …forces one to undo the results of the previously taken step A. …The important thing is that …backtrack-free sequences are relatively stable. …Thus the back-track-free sequences lie at the core of the theory of living process.
p. 317: …perhaps the most difficult thing of all in understanding living process, and in getting a proper sequence for the unfolding of the whole, is reconciling oneself to the idea of doing one thing at a time. …the prevailing wisdom …suggests …something like this: “How could one possibly succeed …doing one thing at a time, since a complex whole is a unitary undivided whole which cannot be separated into parts?” …The unfolding process allows you to go one step at a time, precisely because …what is unfolding is indeed the whole.
p. 319-320: …a sequence of differentiation can be nice, or not so nice (and believe me, this is a real distinction) …when as we go forward through the sequence, each step does something nice (graspable, simple, beautiful) to the product of the previous steps. …the form itself …is nice or not nice, according as the sequence of differentiations which led to it is nice or not nice. And this means that when we see a form and consider it harmonious, it is because it has unfolded from a nice set of differentiations, and that we are subliminally aware of this, even if not conscious of it. …We now know that the form itself and the way it has been generated are… an indissoluble entity.
p. 324: …Every part of the world that has life, and every part of every part, becomes unique. It becomes unique because each part is adapted to its context… It is possibly the most fundamental aspect of living structure, and it follows without break from the fundamental process itself. p. 326: …one must come to expect that each atom and each particle will be different according to its context… p. 331-332: Deep in our hearts, I suspect we know that every situation is unique… To live in a world which denies this truth, by creating an appearance of sameness, and then perhaps forcing us unique creatures into that mold of sameness, is degrading and impossible to bear. …If there is to be a living world …the present processes of fabrication must be replaced by other …processes which, like nature, are context sensitive from top to bottom…
p. 337: …if there were a …formula which would explain in detail how to make living space, it would fail, because …it could not succeed in treating each place as unique. But there is a formula of living process. p. 338: Although the concept of structure-preserving transformations sounds conservative… By preserving structure one always gets surprising results. p.340: The enigma is that something new, unique, previously unseen… arises from the extent to which we are able to attend to what is there… If we concentrate on understanding by what process each part must become itself… This will give us the living process… It is this requirement for uniqueness which most profoundly shocks the system of …thought, that we allowed to develop in the 20th century.