Dazzle gradually : reflections on the nature of nature

by Margulis, Lynn, 1938-2011.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction Q175.M3626 2007
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Summary
At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays ñ many never before anthologized. Learn how technology may be a sort of second nature, how the systemic human fungus Candida albicans can lead to cravings for carrot cake and beer, how the presence of life may be why thereís water on Earth, and many other fascinating facts.
The essay ìMetametazoaî presents perspectives on biology in a philosophical context, demonstrating how the intellectual librarian, pornographer, and political agitator Georges Bataille was influenced by Russian mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky and how this led to his notion of the absence of meaning in the face of the sun ñ which later influenced Jacques Derrida, thereby establishing a causal chain of influence from the hard sciences to topics as abstract as deconstruction and postmodernism.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "To make sense of the natural world around us, now and into the future, it will not be enough to view science in strictly empirical terms; a convergence of the metaphysical with the corporeal will have to occur if humanity is to fully grasp and participate in the salvation of Earth's biosphere. Sharing many previously unpublished works for the first time, Margulis and Sagan jointly and separately examine a vast array of atypical subjects that should be brought to bear in any serious scientific discussion. A world-renowned geoscientist, Margulis views the world from the microbial level upward, while her son, an internationally acclaimed author, brings a more humanistic perspective to the natural sciences. From the surprising correlation between the AIDS virus and syphilis to the evolutionary and ecological derivation of contemporary technology, the authors' meticulously precise yet contemplative approach infuses their compelling and distinctive arguments with both immediacy and intimacy, making for edifying reading.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Sagan, Carl, -- 1934-1996 -- Influence.
Science -- Philosophy.
Evolution (Biology)
Microorganisms -- Evolution.
Sex (Biology)
Gaia hypothesis.
Symbiosis.
Publisher White River Junction, Vt. :Chelsea Green Pub.,2007
Contributors Sagan, Dorion, 1959-
Language English
Notes "A Sciencewriters book."
Description xiii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [238]-244) and index.
ISBN 9781933392318 (alk. paper)
1933392312 (alk. paper)
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