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The Moon in the Nautilus ShellDiscordant Harmonies Reconsidered$
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Daniel Botkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199913916

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.001.0001

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The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

Nature in the Twenty-First Century

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The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

Daniel B. Botkin


The chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius Linnaeus) is an ancient form of life whose oldest fossil ancestors have been dated at 420 million years before the present. The “clocks” in the nautilus shell indicate that the revolution of the moon 420 million years ago took only nine days. The moon in the nautilus shell implies many important concepts about nature and the influence of people on nature. This book has explored nature and natural history, emphasizing the need to achieve a new harmony between humans and nature through an understanding of the character of nature undisturbed—the so-called discordant harmony. It has argued that the proper approach to environmental problems we have created with our technology is not to abandon civilization or modern technology. Machines can help us see nature, but they alone are not the proper model, the right metaphor for nature. We must understand the biosphere so that we begin to observe nature as it is, not as we imagine it to be.

Keywords:   chambered nautilus, nautilus shell, moon, nature, natural history, humans, environmental problems, technology, machines, biosphere

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