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Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Stephen H. Schneider, James R. Miller, Eileen Crist, and Penelope J. Boston (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This is a multidisciplinary reexamination of the Gaia hypothesis, which was introduced by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the early 1970s. The Gaia hypothesis holds that Earth’s physical and ... More


Isoperimetry on the Hypercube and Gaussian Spaces

Stéphane Boucheron, Gábor Lugosi, and Pascal Massart

in Concentration Inequalities: A Nonasymptotic Theory of Independence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199535255
eISBN:
9780191747106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535255.003.0010
Subject:
Mathematics, Probability / Statistics, Applied Mathematics

The purpose of this chapter is to explore further the rich connection between concentration and isoperimetry on the n-dimensional binary cube and also on R n , ... More


The Earth Ethic: A Critical Account of Its Anthropocentric Foundations—The Natural Contract and Environmental Virtue Ethics

J. Baird Callicott

in Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199324880
eISBN:
9780199347285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324880.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

Lynn Margulis persuasively argues that the living Earth has endured catastrophic change during its three-billion-year biography and cannot be significantly harmed by Homo sapiens. Rather, Homo ... More


Two papers which changed my life: Mil nor's seminal work on flat manifolds and bundles

Araceli Bonifant, Mikhail Lyubich, and Scott Sutherland (eds)

in Frontiers in Complex Dynamics: In Celebration of John Milnor's 80th Birthday

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159294
eISBN:
9781400851317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159294.003.0024
Subject:
Mathematics, Combinatorics / Graph Theory / Discrete Mathematics

This chapter surveys developments arising from John Milnor's 1958 paper, “On the existence of a connection with curvature zero” and his 1977 paper, “On fundamental groups of complete affinely flat ... More


The Earth Ethic: A Critical Account of Its Scientific Metaphysical Foundations

J. Baird Callicott

in Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199324880
eISBN:
9780199347285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324880.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

P. D. Ouspensky’s metaphysics is undisciplined. V. I. Vernadsky’s concepts of the biosphere and noösphere, his science of biogeochemistry, and his metaphysics of living matter and its local ... More


Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Dorion Sagan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Science is about finding the truth whether we like it or not; philosophy a questing spirit that questions even science itself; and both are the birthright of every person born on the planet. Cosmic ... More


For Xenografts: Can one live with the heart of a pig?

Vinciane Despret

in What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816692378
eISBN:
9781452954394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores the interspecies links and transactions that constitute a singular life, from cross-species organ transplants to bacterial symbiosis and its life-giving gene transfers. The ... More


Condensed—the Questing Spirit

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Compares scientific theories to beautiful works of art or moving numinous experiences, valuable in of themselves, beyond the uses to which they may be put, by conferring knowledge, the goal of ... More


The Human Is More Than Human: I nterspecies Communities and the New Facts of Life

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Shows the rich ancestry of the being we call human, whose body has been continuously occupied, and whose behavior has been modified by microbial others since the inception of our species. Shows ... More


Bataille’s Sunand the Ethical Abyss: Late-Night Thoughts on the Problem of an Affirmative Biopolitics

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Traces life’s self-feeding and murderous tendencies to the biosphere’s status as a materially closed system in which sentience evolves.


The Post-Man Already Always Rings Twice

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Discusses the abyss between linear and nonlinear time, which itself reflects, or is reflective of, the aporia of post-structuralism: describing things “simultaneously” in both their historical and ... More


Stardust Memories

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Traces the relationship between the shared and our private world, using as example the writer’s relationship with his father, Carl Sagan, at the time of the filming of Cosmos. Topics include ... More


A Quick History of Sex

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

From bacteria swapping genetic material under ultraviolet light in the Archean Eon through to the bizarre mating practices of hermaphrodite slugs there is no comforting evolutionary sexual norm. Sex ... More


Who Is I ?

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Meditates on the kaleidoscopic perplexity of our Möbius strip-like multiple selves, especially in the present confusing global political environment.


Of Whales and Aliens: The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Culturally SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is a quest for religion in a secular age; this critical autobiographical essay contrasts that epic, and so far unsuccessful effort, with ... More


Thermosemiosis: Boltzmann’s Sleight, Trim’s Hat, and the Confusion concerning Entropy

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Traces the roots of sign-making and purposeful behavior to energetic flows, and addresses the deep confusion in both the humanities and sciences regarding entropy, mistakenly conflated with disorder. ... More


Life Gave Earth the Blues

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Billions of years ago, mutant cyanobacteria, using solar energy to break the molecular bonds connecting hydrogen to oxygen in water, massively released oxygen atoms. Toxic to most of life, the O2 was ... More


Mousetrap

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Playing billiards with thoughts by Kurt and Mark Vonnegut, W.H. Auden, Stephen Jay Gould, and others on the purpose of life, the author presents a naturalistic, energetic solution, using the old game ... More


Priests of the Modern Age: Scientific Revolutions and the Kook-Critic Continuum, Being a Play of Crackpots, Skeptics, Conformists, and the Curious

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Critical thinking is required not only within science but to resist the propagandistic tendencies of the public relations state and government-embedded modern institutional science, framed by press ... More


Metametazoa

Dorion Sagan

in Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681358
eISBN:
9781452949673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Introduces non-plant-animal taxonomies, refiguring the human body as a “pointillist” fractal composite of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Suggests that scientific thinking already secretly informs ... More


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