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Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings How the Universe Makes Life

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ISBN-10: 1556434197

ISBN-13: 9781556434198

Edition: 2003

Authors: Richard Grossinger, Harold B. Dowse, John E. Upledger

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The basis for biology is embryogenesis-a method of organizing the matter responsible for the creation of life. This book brings attention to the gap between science's description of life as random and mechanical, and the depth of human experience. Other sections discuss genetic determinism; embryonic models of healing; the Islamic critique of Western science; and theories of consciousness and language. Offering Buddhist, phenomenological, and indigenous systems of thought as alternatives to neo-Darwinism, the cultural, philosophical, political, and ecological ramifications of embryos, genes, and evolution are explored.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 8/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892

Since the issuing of Solar Journal: Oecological Sections by Black Sparrow Press in 1970, RICHARD GROSSINGER (richardgrossinger.com) has published some 35 books, most of them with his own press, North Atlantic Books, but also titles with Harper, Doubleday, Sierra Club Books, and J. P. Tarcher. These have ranged from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (Dark Pool of Light, Planet Medicine, Embryogenesis) to memoirs (New Moon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and lives with his wife Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California. The…    

Foreword
Preface
Introduction/Acknowledgments
What Is Life?: Evolution, Thermodynamics, and Complexity
Is There a Plan?: Creationism, Cultural Relativism, and Paraphysics
Biogenesis and Cosmogenesis: Cells, Genes, and Planets
The Principles of Biological Design: Physical Forces in Nature
The Dynamics of the Biosphere: Deep Time and Space
The Limits of Genetic Determinism: Dimensionless Epigenetic Landscapes
The Wahhabi Critique of Darwinian Materialism: Religious Fundamentalism and the Global Economy
Topokinesis: Physical Forces in Development
Tissue Motifs and Body Plans: Coordinating Form
The Primordial Field: Metabiology and the Molecular Apparatus
Meaning and Destiny: The Relation of Consciousness to Matter
Notes
The Closing Hymn
Index