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The medea hypothesis : is life on earth ultimately self-destructive?

Author: Peter D Ward
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Series: Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
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In The Medea Hypothesis, renowned paleontologist Peter Ward proposes a revolutionary and provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere - one that has frightening implications for our future, yet also offers hope. Using the latest discoveries from the geological record, he argues that life might be its own worst enemy. This stands in stark contrast to James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis - the idea  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Ward
ISBN: 9780691130750 0691130752
OCLC Number: 276340725
Description: xxii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Darwinian life --
What is evolutionary "success"? --
Two hypotheses about the nature of life on earth --
Medean feedbacks and global processes --
Medean events in the history of life --
Humans as medeans --
Biomass through time as a test --
Predicted future trends of biomass --
Summation --
Environmental implications and courses of action --
What must be done.
Series Title: Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
Responsibility: Peter Ward.

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Intends to propose a revolutionary and provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere - one that has frightening implications for our future, yet also offers hope. Using the  Read more...

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One of the 2009 New York Times Magazine's 9th Annual Featured Books in Ideas "Ward holds the Gaia Hypothesis, and the thinking behind it, responsible for encouraging a set of fairy-tale assumptions Read more...

 
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