Dazzle Gradually : Reflections on the Nature of Nature

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  • Copyright: 2007-08-15
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co
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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.

Author Biography

Lynn Margulis is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Mnemosynep. 1
Red Shoe Conundrump. 3
Truth of My Fatherp. 8
The Uncut Selfp. 16
Chimerap. 27
Power to the Protoctistsp. 29
Prejudice and Bacterial Consciousnessp. 36
All for Onep. 42
Speculation on Speculationp. 48
Spirochetes Awake: Syphilis and Nietzsche's Mad Geniusp. 57
From Kefir to Deathp. 70
Welcome to the Machinep. 76
The Transhumans Are Comingp. 89
Alien Enlightenment: Michael Persinger and the Neuropsychology of Godp. 101
Erosp. 109
The Riddle of Sexp. 112
An Evolutionary Stripteasep. 121
Vive la Differencep. 140
Candidiasis and the Origin of Clownsp. 146
Gaeap. 153
The Atmosphere, Gaia's Circulatory Systemp. 157
Gaia and Philosophyp. 172
The Global Sulfur Cycle and Emiliania huxleyip. 185
Descartes, Dualism, and Beyondp. 195
What Narcissus Saw: The Oceanic "Eye"p. 208
The Pleasures of Changep. 223
Readingsp. 238
Figure and table listp. 245
Indexp. 246
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