Earth, Life, and System: Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian by Bruce Clarke

By Bruce Clarke

Exploring the huge implications of evolutionary theorist Lynn Margulis’s paintings, this assortment brings jointly experts throughout a number of disciplines, from paleontology, molecular biology, evolutionary thought, and geobiology to developmental platforms thought, archaeology, historical past of technological know-how, cultural technology reports, and literature and technology. Addressing the a number of subject matters that lively Margulis’s technology, the essays inside soak up, variously, astrobiology and the starting place of lifestyles, ecology and symbiosis from the microbial to the planetary scale, the coupled interactions of earthly environments and evolving existence in Gaia concept and earth method technology, and the connections of those more moderen medical rules to cultural and inventive productions.

Dorion Sagan acquaints the reader with salient matters in Lynn Margulis’s medical paintings, the controversies they raised, and the vocabulary essential to stick to the arguments. Sankar Chatterjee synthesizes a number of strands of present concept for the starting place of existence in the world. James Strick tells the intertwined foundation tales of James Lovelock’s Gaia speculation and Margulis’s serial endosymbiosis concept. Jan Sapp explores the particular phylogenetic visions of Margulis and Carl Woese. Susan Squier examines the epigenetics of embryologist and developmental biologist C. H. Waddington. Bruce Clarke reviews the convergence of atmosphere ecology, structures thought, and technology fiction among the Sixties and the Nineteen Eighties. James Shapiro discusses the genome evolution that effects now not from random adjustments yet relatively from lively mobilephone methods. Susan Oyama exhibits how the concept that of improvement balances an over-emphasis on genetic coding and different deterministic schemas. Christopher Witmore stories the ways that a centred animal feeding operation, or CAFO, mixes up common assets, animal lives, and human appetites. And Peter Westbroek brings the insights of earth approach technology towards a brand new worldview crucial for a formal reaction to worldwide change.

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