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

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The medea hypothesis : is life on earth ultimately self-destructive?
Title
The medea hypothesis
Title remainder
is life on earth ultimately self-destructive?
Statement of responsibility
Peter Ward
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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." -- Book jacket
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DLC
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1949-
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Ward, Peter D.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QE721.2.E97
LC item number
W37 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Science essentials
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  • Extinction (Biology)
  • Environmental geology
  • Historical geology
  • Life (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Catastrophes (Geology)
  • Leben
  • Selbstzerstörung
  • Evolution
  • Naturkatastrophe
  • Lebensverneinung
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The medea hypothesis : is life on earth ultimately self-destructive?, Peter Ward
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-172) and index
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
Control code
276340725
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 180 p.
Isbn
9780691130750
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008056066
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)276340725
Label
The medea hypothesis : is life on earth ultimately self-destructive?, Peter Ward
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-172) and index
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
Control code
276340725
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 180 p.
Isbn
9780691130750
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008056066
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)276340725

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