Dazzle Gradually Reflections on the Nature of Nature

ISBN-10: 1933392312
ISBN-13: 9781933392318
Edition: 2007
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 8/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 259
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 deeply influenced by Russian mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky and how Bataille_s take on Vernadsky_s ideas 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, postmodernism and continental philosophy. In _Spirochetes Awake_ the bizarre connections between syphilis, genius, and madness are traced in the lives of Nietzsche, Lincoln, and Mozart among others; and fascinating new evidence suggests that AIDs is not caused by HIV at all, but may rather be an ancient disease caused by microbes that may also have laid the evolutionary framework for the human brain.

Lynn Margulis was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 5, 1938. She graduated from the University of Chicago at the age of 18. She received a master's degree in genetics and zoology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught for 22 years at Boston University before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988. She was best known for her theory of species evolution by symbiogensis. The manuscript in which she first presented her findings was published in 1967 by the Journal of Theoretical Biology. An expanded version, with additional evidence to support the theory, became her first book entitled Origin of Eukaryotic Cells. Her other works include Symbiosis in Cell Evolution, Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love, Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature, and Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time. She died five days after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on November 22, 2011 at the age of 73.

Born in Zloczow, Poland, Roald Hoffmann escaped the annihilation of Polish Jews by the Germans during World War II and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He received a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he and Robert Burns Woodward developed the Woodward-Hoffmann rules on the conservation of orbital symmetry during a chemical reaction by applying principles of quantum theory. These rules enabled scientists to predict an important class of organic reactions. Hoffmann went to work at Cornell University in 1965. In 1981 he shared the Nobel Prize for chemical reaction theory with Kenichi Fukui (who independently had developed an orbital theory in the 1950s).

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Mnemosyne
Red Shoe Conundrum
Truth of My Father
The Uncut Self
Chimera
Power to the Protoctists
Prejudice and Bacterial Consciousness
All for One
Speculation on Speculation
Spirochetes Awake: Syphilis and Nietzsche's Mad Genius
From Kefir to Death
Welcome to the Machine
The Transhumans Are Coming
Alien Enlightenment: Michael Persinger and the Neuropsychology of God
Eros
The Riddle of Sex
An Evolutionary Striptease
Vive la Difference
Candidiasis and the Origin of Clowns
Gaea
The Atmosphere, Gaia's Circulatory System
Gaia and Philosophy
The Global Sulfur Cycle and Emiliania huxleyi
Descartes, Dualism, and Beyond
What Narcissus Saw: The Oceanic "Eye"
The Pleasures of Change
Readings
Figure and table list
Index

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