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Well that's all a bit philosophical and semantic really. Personally I would say that yes, it's surely pretty clear that life isn't separate from the universe. How could it be? It exists and is spawned within it.
I'd also agree that it's fair to say it's an extension of it, but when you get into words like "expression" it starts to muddy the waters a bit and maybe implies some sort of underlying consciousness or will. Maybe you didn't mean that at all though which is why I mentioned the semantic aspect of it.
I do think it's quite a nice way to look at things though, that we are the universes sense organs, a way for it to perceive itself etc etc. That is all pretty well trodden metaphysical ground though, even Bill Hicks had a bloody bit about it.
Anyway, I'm sure there are probably some more rationally minded materialist scientifically inclined headbods who would take issue with that line of thinking.
For myself I think it's a nice way to look at things but it's easy to fall into lazy new age thinking that way and I'm inclined to always keep a sceptical eye on my own thought processes. I think when you get into these sorts of areas then they're not really scientific questions anyway.
Would like to hear other people's perspectives though. Sorry for the ramble, I've had a glass of red and a valium.