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Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Coeditor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences— interviews an impressive collection of characters, drawing out their seldom-seen personalities. In Mind, Life and Universe, they describe in their own words the most important and fascinating aspects of their research. Frank and often irreverent, these interviews will keep even the most casual reader of science books rapt for hours.
Can brain science explain feelings of happiness and despair? Is it true that chimpanzees are just like us when it comes to sexual innuendo? Is there any hard evidence that life exists anywhere other than on the Earth? Through Punset's skillful questioning, readers meet one scientist who spends her waking hours assuring the freedom of African primates, another passionate about his idea that his wife's choice of husband was determined when she was a fetus, and another who explains the evidence for more than the standard four dimensions of length, width, height, and time.
In captivating conversations with such science luminaries as Richard Dawkins, Sheldon Glashow, Jane Goodall, James E. Lovelock, Lisa Randall, Robert Sapolski, Oliver Sacks, and E. O.Wilson, the editors reveal a unique, hidden world of intellectual interest, verve, and humor. Science enthusiasts and general readers alike will devour Mind, Life and Universe.
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To understand what sets humans apart from other creatures, look at their dreams. So argues evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey as he probes the distinctive cognitive balance that humans maintain through nightly adventures in dreamland. But other scientists approach the puzzles of human life from different perspectives, now rapidly expanding in genetics, neurophysiology, biochemistry, and quantum physics. What curious nonspecialist, then, could resist a volume bringing together all of these perspectives? Originating in 36 interviews conducted by Spanish television personality Eduardo Punset, the conversations collected here provide a capacious survey of cutting-edge science. Judicious editing helps readers recognize the themes linking these wide-ranging reflections. Again and again it is the paradox of human identity that commands attention. Naturalist Jane Goodall, for instance, ponders the disturbing similarities between aggressive chimpanzees and war-prone humans. Meanwhile, biochemist Sydney Brenner muses on how humans have converted cultural evolution into the new engine driving species change. And physicist Eugene Chudnovsky contemplates a future in which human inventiveness may create half-human, half-computer cyborgs. Rich food for speculation!
Bryce Christensen, Booklist, 08/07

"Science and technology affect every facet of our lives, yet the content of science often seems remote and arcane. In first-hand, candid interviews, Mind, Life, and Universe not only explores the cutting-edge content of science, but it also reminds us, as beautifully as any book I know, that the pursuit of science is an intensely human endeavor."
—Robert Hazen, Carnegie Institution and George Mason University

"In this smorgasbord of science, Eduardo Punset (the Bill Moyers of Spanish TV) lets us sample the central ideas of dozens of prominent scientists he has interviewed over the years. The payoff from such a buffet is being introduced to new fascinating minds . . . dishes that make me want to taste more."
—Charles Lineweaver, Planetary Science Institute, Australian National University

"A marvelous collection of fascinating interviews, Mind, Life, and Universe is a splendid introduction to the thoughts of some of the greatest and most interesting scientific minds in the world today."
—James W. Walker, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"It is wonderful to hear these scientists respond in their own voice to such interesting questions. A book full of nuggets of wisdom."
—David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (1975) and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

"What a delight it is to eavesdrop on conversations with so many agile, inventive, piquantly original minds. That the interviewers are farsighted and wide-ranging themselves enriches the dialogues.
A profound and timely book."
—Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife

"This book gives a fascinating overview of current research on life and its origins, man, and the cosmos from many different levels of perspective—the 'cosmic zoom' or 'powers of ten' shifting of perspective made famous by Philip Morrison. I learned much that was new to me. Just as important, I unlearned much that is widely believed but not true. Very stimulating; its conversational prose is so readable!"
—James Strick, Department of Earth and Environment, and Chair of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, Franklin and Marshall College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933392615
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Series: ScienceWriters Series
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) who served as a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, received the 1999 National Medal of Science from President Bill Clinton. She was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences starting in 1983 and of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences from 1997 forward. Author, editor, or coauthor of chapters in more than forty books, she published or had her work profiled in many journals, magazines, and books, among them Natural History, Science, Nature, New England Watershed, Scientific American, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Firsts, and The Scientific 100. She made numerous contributions to the primary scientific literature of microbial evolution and cell biology.

Margulis's theory of species evolution by symbiogenesis, put forth in Acquiring Genomes (co-authored with Dorion Sagan, 2002), describes how speciation does not occur by random mutation alone but rather by symbiotic détente. Behavioral, chemical, and other interactions often lead to integration among organisms, members of different taxa. In well-documented cases some mergers create new species. Intimacy, physical contact of strangers, becomes part of the engine of life's evolution that accelerates the process of change. Margulis worked in the laboratory and field with many other scientists and students to show how specific ancient partnerships, in a given order over a billion years, generated the cells of the species we see with our unaided eyes. The fossil record, in fact, does not show Darwin's predicted gradual changes between closely related species but rather the "punctuated equilibrium" pattern described by Eldredge and Gould: a jump from one to a different species.

She worked on the "revolution in evolution" since she was a graduate student. In the last fifteen years of her life, Margulis co-authored several books with Dorion Sagan, among them What is Sex? (1997), What is Life? (1995), Mystery Dance: On the Evolution of Human Sexuality (1991), Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors (1986), and Origins of Sex:Three Billion Years of Genetic Recombination (1986).

Her work with K.V. Schwartz provided a consistent formal classification of all life on Earth and has lead to the third edition of Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth (1998). Their classification scheme was generated from scientific results of myriad colleagues and its logical-genealogical basis is summarized in her single-authored book Symbiosis in Cell Evolution: Microbial Communities in the Archean and Proterozoic Eons (second edition, 1993). The bacterial origins of both chloroplasts and mitochondria are now well established.

Since the mid-1970s, Margulis aided James E. Lovelock, FRS, in documenting his Gaia Theory, which posits that the Earth's surface interactions among living beings, rocks and soil, air and water have created a vast, self-regulating system. From the vantage of outer space the Earth looks like an amazing being; from the vantage of biochemistry it behaves in many ways like a giant organism.

Eduardo Punset is Professor of Economic Policy at the Chemical Institute of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. He was Chairman of the Bull Technological Institute, Professor of Innovation and Technology at Madrid University, and IMF Representative in the Caribbean. He actively participated in the Spanish political transition to democracy as Minister for Relations with the European Union, Regional Minister of Finance for Cataluny. and Member of the European Parliament. He is currently Director and Producer of Networks, a weekly programme of Spanish public television on Science. He has been a member of the staff of BBC, and The Economist. His books include A Field Guide to Survive in the XXI st Century, La Salida de la Crisis, Human Resources and Economic Growth, and La Espana Impertinente.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   David T. Suzuki     vii
Introduction and Acknowledgments   Lynn Margulis     xv
People Primates
Culture before Humans
Intelligent Life on Earth?   Nicholas Mackintosh     6
Stressed Chimps   Robert Sapolsky     12
Nearly Human   Jane Goodall     22
A Question of Degree   Jordi Sabater Pi     31
Like Ants, Bees, and Termites, but Different   Edward O. Wilson     35
Attractiveness
Can Beauty Be Measured?   Victor Johnston     48
Science of Happiness   Daniel Gilbert     58
Psychopaths   Robert Hare     68
Anxiety
No One Is Boss   Daniel Dennett     79
The Hidden Self   Oliver Sacks     87
Locked in the Dark   Rodolfo Llinas     97
Dialogue with Fear   Joseph Ledoux     104
Fretful Worry   Kenneth Kendler     109
Animal Body-Mind
Cyclicity and Sociality
Drumbeats   Steven Strogatz     121
Survival, Not Truth, Is Imperative   Richard Gregory     130
Dreaming to Learn   Nicholas Humphrey     140
Music andTalk   Diana Deutsch     149
Prehistory and Immortality of the Body-Mind
The Secret Code   Sydney Brenner     158
Beyond the Human Genome   William Haseltine     169
The Second Brain   Phillip Tobias   Ralph Holloway     172
Immortality from Your Mother   Douglas Wallace     182
Inevitability of Aging?   Tom Kirkwood     187
Life on an Animate Planet
Bygone Biospheres
Life, Master of the Earth   James E. Lovelock     200
Life Is a Mistake   Kenneth H. Nealson     210
Toward Perfection
Evolution and Purpose   Stephen Jay Gould     219
The Code of the Dead   Richard Dawkins     225
Purpose of Evolution   Dorion Sagan     231
Dead or Alive?
Life as Growth   William Day     239
Our Ancestor, the Bacterium   Ricardo Guerrero     244
Different from Amoebae   John Bonner     254
Toward the Invisible
From the Vast to the Miniscule
Walk through a Cloud of Electrons   Eugene Chudnovsky     269
Atomic Consciousness   Heinrich Rohrer     280
Too Huge for the Atom, Too Tiny for the Star    Sheldon Lee Glashow     285
New Dimensions   Lisa Randall     297
Manipulation by Dwarves   Nicolas Garcia     304
Space Destroyed and Time Obliterated   Paul Davies     309
The Scientists     319
The Editors     333
The Readings     341
List of Figures and Tables     347
Index     349
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