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  • Anna
    Medea hypothesis is not about human self destruction or human destruction of the planet, but the planet (Gaia) destroying complex life because it is
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 23, 2013
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      Medea hypothesis is not about human self destruction or human destruction of the planet, but the planet (Gaia) destroying complex life because it is destructive to ‘her’  life.
      Anna
       
      Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 3:00 AM
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      nothing new here
       
      in my book it's called the self destruction button...( delete)
       
      we have been  destroying ourselves and the planet since the year dot....
       
      time indeed is running out
       
      however we might just be programmed to delete ourselves from existence...
       
      merle
       
      On 23/08/2013, at 3:30 PM, Anna wrote:



      The Medea Hypothesis:
      Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?
      Peter Ward

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      Google full text of this book:
       

       

      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 that life sustains habitable conditions on Earth. In answer to Gaia, which draws on the idea of the "good mother" who nurtures life, Ward invokes Medea, the mythical mother who killed her own children. Could life by its very nature threaten its own existence?

      According to the Medea hypothesis, it does. Ward demonstrates that all but one of the mass extinctions that have struck Earth were caused by life itself. He looks at our planet's history in a new way, revealing an Earth that is witnessing an alarming decline of diversity and biomass--a decline brought on by life's own "biocidal" tendencies. And the Medea hypothesis applies not just to our planet--its dire prognosis extends to all potential life in the universe. Yet life on Earth doesn't have to be lethal. Ward shows why, but warns that our time is running out.

      Breathtaking in scope, The Medea Hypothesis is certain to arouse fierce debate and radically transform our worldview. It serves as an urgent challenge to all of us to think in new ways if we hope to save ourselves from ourselves.

      Review:

      "Ward holds the Gaia Hypothesis, and the thinking behind it, responsible for encouraging a set of fairy-tale assumptions about the earth, and he'd like his new book, due out this spring, to help puncture them. He hopes not only to shake the philosophical underpinnings of environmentalism, but to reshape our understanding of our relationship with nature, and of life's ultimate sustainability on this planet and beyond."--Drake Bennett,Boston Globe

      "Author and Earth Sciences professor Ward has authored numerous books for non-specialists; this latest is a critical response to James Lovelock's Gaia concept, which argues that homeostatic physical and chemical interactions work to maintain Earth's habitability. Ward argue, passionately, that the opposite is true--that living organisms decrease Earth's habitability, hastening its end by perhaps a billion years."--PublishersWeekly.com

      "The point of The Medea Hypothesis is that life, rather than helping to regulate the Earth 'System' by negative feedbacks, does all it can to consume the resources available--sowing the seeds of its own extinction."--Dr. Henry Gee, BBC Focus Magazine

      "When avid science readers browse the shelves for new titles, the books that grab their attention are best described by a single adjective: thought-provoking. And no scientist/author is more provocative in his approach and innovative in his thinking than University of Washington astrobiologist Peter Ward . . . . [R]eaders looking for solace will not find it in Ward's latest effort, The Medea Hypothesis. This time Ward goes after motherhood itself--or at least the central idea of the Gaia ('good mother') hypothesis that has evolved to describe the relationship between life and the planet as a whole."--Fred Bortz, Seattle Times

      "[Ward] makes his points succinctly and supports them well."--Rebecca Wigood, Vancouver Sun

      More reviews

      Table of Contents:

      Introduction ix
      Chapter 1: Darwinian Life 1
      Chapter 2: What Is Evolutionary "Success"? 14
      Chapter 3: Two Hypotheses about the Nature of Life on Earth 24
      Chapter 4: Medean Feedbacks and Global Processes 55
      Chapter 5: Medean Events in the History of Life 72
      Chapter 6: Humans as Medeans 91
      Chapter 7: Biomass through Time as a Test 98
      Chapter 8: Predicted Future Trends of Biomass 114
      Chapter 9: Summation 126
      Chapter 10: Environmental Implications and Courses of Action 128
      Chapter 11: What Must Be Done 141
      References 157
      Index 173




    • merle lester
      are we not from the earth itself?..where do you believe we came from anna?,,,mars?..merle ... are we not from the earth itself?..where do you believe we came
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         are we not from the earth itself?..where do you believe we came from anna?,,,mars?..merle





        On 23/08/2013, at 11:00 PM, Anna wrote:



        Medea hypothesis is not about human self destruction or human destruction of the planet, but the planet (Gaia) destroying complex life because it is destructive to ‘her’  life.
        Anna
         
        Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 3:00 AM
        Subject: Re: [evol-psych] the medea hypotesis


        nothing new here
         
        in my book it's called the self destruction button...( delete)
         
        we have been  destroying ourselves and the planet since the year dot....
         
        time indeed is running out
         
        however we might just be programmed to delete ourselves from existence...
         
        merle
         
        On 23/08/2013, at 3:30 PM, Anna wrote:



        The Medea Hypothesis:
        Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?
        Peter Ward

        |


         

        Google full text of this book:
         

         

        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 that life sustains habitable conditions on Earth. In answer to Gaia, which draws on the idea of the "good mother" who nurtures life, Ward invokes Medea, the mythical mother who killed her own children. Could life by its very nature threaten its own existence?

        According to the Medea hypothesis, it does. Ward demonstrates that all but one of the mass extinctions that have struck Earth were caused by life itself. He looks at our planet's history in a new way, revealing an Earth that is witnessing an alarming decline of diversity and biomass--a decline brought on by life's own "biocidal" tendencies. And the Medea hypothesis applies not just to our planet--its dire prognosis extends to all potential life in the universe. Yet life on Earth doesn't have to be lethal. Ward shows why, but warns that our time is running out.

        Breathtaking in scope, The Medea Hypothesis is certain to arouse fierce debate and radically transform our worldview. It serves as an urgent challenge to all of us to think in new ways if we hope to save ourselves from ourselves.

        Review:

        "Ward holds the Gaia Hypothesis, and the thinking behind it, responsible for encouraging a set of fairy-tale assumptions about the earth, and he'd like his new book, due out this spring, to help puncture them. He hopes not only to shake the philosophical underpinnings of environmentalism, but to reshape our understanding of our relationship with nature, and of life's ultimate sustainability on this planet and beyond."--Drake Bennett,Boston Globe

        "Author and Earth Sciences professor Ward has authored numerous books for non-specialists; this latest is a critical response to James Lovelock's Gaia concept, which argues that homeostatic physical and chemical interactions work to maintain Earth's habitability. Ward argue, passionately, that the opposite is true--that living organisms decrease Earth's habitability, hastening its end by perhaps a billion years."--PublishersWeekly.com

        "The point of The Medea Hypothesis is that life, rather than helping to regulate the Earth 'System' by negative feedbacks, does all it can to consume the resources available--sowing the seeds of its own extinction."--Dr. Henry Gee, BBC Focus Magazine

        "When avid science readers browse the shelves for new titles, the books that grab their attention are best described by a single adjective: thought-provoking. And no scientist/author is more provocative in his approach and innovative in his thinking than University of Washington astrobiologist Peter Ward . . . . [R]eaders looking for solace will not find it in Ward's latest effort, The Medea Hypothesis. This time Ward goes after motherhood itself--or at least the central idea of the Gaia ('good mother') hypothesis that has evolved to describe the relationship between life and the planet as a whole."--Fred Bortz, Seattle Times

        "[Ward] makes his points succinctly and supports them well."--Rebecca Wigood, Vancouver Sun

        More reviews

        Table of Contents:

        Introduction ix
        Chapter 1: Darwinian Life 1
        Chapter 2: What Is Evolutionary "Success"? 14
        Chapter 3: Two Hypotheses about the Nature of Life on Earth 24
        Chapter 4: Medean Feedbacks and Global Processes 55
        Chapter 5: Medean Events in the History of Life 72
        Chapter 6: Humans as Medeans 91
        Chapter 7: Biomass through Time as a Test 98
        Chapter 8: Predicted Future Trends of Biomass 114
        Chapter 9: Summation 126
        Chapter 10: Environmental Implications and Courses of Action 128
        Chapter 11: What Must Be Done 141
        References 157
        Index 173







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