On the Origin of Form: Evolution by Self-Organization

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On the Origin of Form presents a new account of evolution and the origin of life based on the premise that the body form of any species is encoded not in the DNA but in the patterned structure of the primordial germ plasm—the universal predecessor of the egg.

Two hundred years after Johann von Goethe’s Faustian quest for the Urform, the archetypal design underlying all living form, comes the recent discovery that organic forms are derived from a unique, self-organized, ...

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Overview

On the Origin of Form presents a new account of evolution and the origin of life based on the premise that the body form of any species is encoded not in the DNA but in the patterned structure of the primordial germ plasm—the universal predecessor of the egg.

Two hundred years after Johann von Goethe’s Faustian quest for the Urform, the archetypal design underlying all living form, comes the recent discovery that organic forms are derived from a unique, self-organized, pre-embryonic structure. This explanation of evolution is an alternative to the now widely questioned Neo-Darwinist theory of natural selection of random mutations. This new model is based on known, relatively uncomplicated scientific principles and is easily accessible to the interested layman. Included are sixty-four pages of illustrations that support this new theory. For additional information, please visit www.ontheoriginofform.com.

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"Stuart Pivar’s book, On the Origin of Form, contains ideas that deserve full scientific scrutiny, especially in light of the turmoil roiling evolutionary biology at present. Pivar is presenting, in a series of brilliantly rendered graphical diagrams that show his interpretation of how modifications of a torus shape can generate a vast panoply of biotic form, a new theory of morphogenesis.... This is a seismic event for science. Conventional evolutionary biologists are right to be very worried about this, because it has the potential to trigger the complete collapse of Modern Synthesis Biology."
—Mark A. S. McMenamin, PhD, Paleontologist, Professor of Geology, Chair of Earth and Environment, Mount Holyoke College

"This is the discovery of the connection between the laws of physics and the complexity of life."
—Murray Gell-Mann, PhD, Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, Nobel Laureate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556438868
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Pivar is a chemist and engineer and founder of the New York Academy of Art in New York City. In 1996 he founded the Human Blueprint Laboratory to investigate the origins of form. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates

Authors Note

Road Map

Preface Mark A. S. McMenamin McMenamin, Mark A. S.

I Self-Organization and Natural Selection

Introduction

Phenomena Relative to Organic Self-Organization

On Stephen Jay Gould's Ontogeny and Phylogeny

Extra-Scientific Phenomena: Acupuncture Meridians and Bio-Energy Fields

The Periodic Table of the Elements Beyond Coincidence

II The Self-Organization of Biological Form

The Self-Organization of Biological Form

III Plates, Related Papers, and Publications

Afterword Richard Milner Milner, Richard

"Neoteny and Heterochrony" Stuart Pivar Pivar, Stuart

"Retardation and Neoteny in Human Evolution: The Seeds of Neoteny" Stephen Jay Gould Gould, Stephen Jay

"The Biology of Belief" Bruce H. Lipton Lipton, Bruce H.

"From Sphere to Torus: A Topological View of the Metazoan Body Plan" Harald Jockusch Jockusch, Harald Andreas Dress Dress, Andreas

"A Gene Regulatory Network Subcircuit Drives a Dynamic Pattern of Gene Expression" J. Smith Smith, J. C. Theodoris Theodoris, C. E. H. Davidson Davidson, E. H.

"Topological Patterns in Metazoan Evolution and Development" V. Isaeva Isaeva, V. E. Presnov Presnov, E. A. Chernyshev Chernyshev, A.

"Broken Symmetries and Biological Patterns" Ian Stewart Stewart, Ian

"Self-Organization vs, Gene Regulation" Kathy Hall Hall, Kathy Richard Milner Milner, Richard Stuart Pivar Pivar, Stuart

"Gregor Mendel, Thomas Henry Huxley, and the Acceptance of New Scientific Theories" Richard Milner Milner, Richard

Timeline

Glossary

Index

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