Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature

Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature

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by Lynn Margulis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933392312

ISBN-13: 9781933392318

Pub. Date: 08/28/2007

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays--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 there's

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At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays--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 there's water on Earth, and many other fascinating facts.

The essay "Metametazoa" 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--which later influenced Jacques Derrida, thereby establishing a causal chain of influence from the hard sciences to topics as abstract as deconstruction and post-modernism.

In "Spirochetes Awake" the bizarre connection between syphilis and genius in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche is traced. The astonishing similarities of the Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome symptoms with those of chronic spirochete infection, it is argued, contrast sharply with the lack of evidence that "HIV is the cause of AIDS". Throughout these readings we are dazzled by the intimacy and necessity of relationships between us and our other planetmates. In our ignorance as "civilized" people we dismiss, disdain, and deny our kinship with the only productive life forms that sustain this living planet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933392318
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Sciencewriters Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
935,511
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword / Roald Hoffmann

Acknowledgments

Part 1. Mnemosyne

1. Red shoe conundrum / Lynn Margulis

2. Truth of my father / Dorion Sagan

3. The uncut self / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis

Part. 2. Chimera

4. Power to the protoctists / Lynn Margulis

5. Prejudice and bacterial consciousness / Lynn Margulis

6. All for one / Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan

7. Speculation on speculation / Lynn Margulis

8. Spirochetes awake : syphilis and Nietzsche's mad genius / Lynn Margulis

9. From Kefir to death / Lynn Margulis

10. Welcome to the machine / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis

11. The transhumans are coming / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis

12. Alien enlightenment : Michael Persinger and the neuropsychology of God / Dorion Sagan.

Part 3. Eros

13. The riddle of sex / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis

14. An evolutionary striptease / Dorion Sagan

15. Vive la différence / Dorion Sagan

16. Candidiasis and the origin of clowns / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis

Part 4. Gaea

17. The atmosphere, Gaia's circulatory system / Lynn Margulis and James E. Lovelock

18. Gaia and philosophy / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis

19. The global sulfur cycle and Emiliania huxleyi / Dorion Sagan

20. Descartes, dualism, and beyond / Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis, and Ricardo Guerrero

21. What Narcissus saw : the oceanic "eye" / Dorion Sagan

22. The pleasures of change / Dorion Sagan and Eric D. Schneider

Readings

Figure and table list

Index

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