Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature by Lynn MargulisDazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature by Lynn Margulis

Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature

byLynn Margulis, Dorion SaganForeword byRoald Hoffman

Paperback | August 15, 2007

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At the crossroads of philosophy and science, 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 influenced by Russian mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky and how this 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 and post-modernism.

In "Spirochetes Awake" the bizarre connection between syphilis and genius in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche is traced. The astonishing similarities of the Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome symptoms with those of chronic spirochete infection, it is argued, contrast sharply with the lack of evidence that "HIV is the cause of AIDS". Throughout these readings we are dazzled by the intimacy and necessity of relationships between us and our other planetmates. In our ignorance as "civilized" people we dismiss, disdain, and deny our kinship with the only productive life forms that sustain this living planet.

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 Na...
Title:Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of NatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:259 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.76 inPublished:August 15, 2007Publisher:Chelsea Green PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword / Roald Hoffmann
Part 1. Mnemosyne
1. Red shoe conundrum / Lynn Margulis
2. Truth of my father / Dorion Sagan
3. The uncut self / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
Part. 2. Chimera
4. Power to the protoctists / Lynn Margulis
5. Prejudice and bacterial consciousness / Lynn Margulis
6. All for one / Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan
7. Speculation on speculation / Lynn Margulis
8. Spirochetes awake : syphilis and Nietzsche's mad genius / Lynn Margulis 
9. From Kefir to death / Lynn Margulis
10. Welcome to the machine / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
11. The transhumans are coming / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
12. Alien enlightenment : Michael Persinger and the neuropsychology of God / Dorion Sagan.
Part 3. Eros
13. The riddle of sex / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
14. An evolutionary striptease / Dorion Sagan
15. Vive la différence / Dorion Sagan
16. Candidiasis and the origin of clowns / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
Part 4. Gaea
17. The atmosphere, Gaia's circulatory system / Lynn Margulis and James E. Lovelock
18. Gaia and philosophy / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis
19. The global sulfur cycle and Emiliania huxleyi / Dorion Sagan
20. Descartes, dualism, and beyond / Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis, and Ricardo Guerrero
21. What Narcissus saw : the oceanic "eye" / Dorion Sagan
22. The pleasures of change / Dorion Sagan and Eric D. Schneider
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Editorial Reviews

"This book is a thrilling account of deep insights into life and its evolution, and will likely influence fundamental research in biology and environmental sciences."--Zoltán Toroczkai, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame