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By his own standards Gregory Bateson was unsuccessful in his life-long quest to explain how the informational or living realm (creatura) could emerge out of the energetic or physical realm (pleroma). Drawing upon recent insights in self-organization theory, the authors suggest a missing link connecting the realms; a simple spontaneouslyarising, non-living, yet evolvable molecular system called an "autocell" consisting of the reciprocal linkage between an autocatalytic cycle and adoi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6706-8_5 fatcat:c6pfnyrlzzhrbbwi4ypgeehaz4