- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Green Books; Second edition (30 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1900322544
- ISBN-13: 978-1900322546
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia Paperback – 30 Mar 2009
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A wonderful and beautiful book. --James Lovelock<br /><br />Animate Earth represents systems science at its best ... gives a whole new dimension to what environment-friendly really means. --Jonathon Porritt, Chairman, UK Sustainable Development Commission<br /><br />Animate Earth is a brilliant synthesis of Gaian science and forward-looking social theory. This is big-picture thinking that can truly help to heal the Earth. --Helena Norberg-Hodge, Director, International Society for Ecology and Culture
Animate Earth represents systems science at its best ... gives a whole new dimension to what environment-friendly really means. --Jonathon Porritt, Chairman, UK Sustainable Development Commission
Animate Earth is a brilliant synthesis of Gaian science and forward-looking social theory. This is big-picture thinking that can truly help to heal the Earth. --Helena Norberg-Hodge, Director, International Society for Ecology and Culture
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A wonderful and beautiful book James Lovelock
Animate Earth represents systems science at its best. I defy you not to be swept along by Stephan Harding's account of how the Earth's natural systems (particularly the carbon cycle) have evolved and of our part in them. In the process, he brings the concept of Gaia to life, not just in terms of the science, but philosophically and
personally-giving a whole new dimension to what 'environment-friendly' really means. Jonathon Porritt, Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission
The conception of the Earth as a living, self-organising system, known today as Gaia theory, is an ancient idea and yet one of the most radical and far-reaching scientific theories of the 20th century. In this remarkable book, Stephan Harding, who has worked closely with James Lovelock, tells the story in a way that is scientifically sophisticated, yet easy to understand and captivating. Harding writes about Gaia with great passion, and he eloquently discusses the theorys philosophical, social and political implications. I recommend Animate Earth to everyone concerned about the fate of our planet. Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections
Stephan Harding is one of the few people who knows how to link the science of Gaia with the spirit of Gaia. He shows us that we must understand Gaia not just as an idea in our heads; we must also experience ourselves as part of her living being. . . . A brave book which may upset people from both sides of the divide he seeks to
bridge-which makes it all the more essential reading for those seeking to respond to the challenges of our times. Peter Reason, Professor of Action Research Practice, School of Management, University of Bath
For depth of understanding of Earth functioning and our human role in the process, Stephan Harding's Animate Earth is the finest of recent studies. It should be read, meditated on, and adopted as a guide to our human course of action if we would avoid the disaster of an ecological collapse of life on Earth. Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work and The Dream of the Earth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Harding - the staff scientist at Schumacher College - brings a new, deeply participatory approach to the articulation of whole earth science, employing a nuanced sense of philosophy and the history of ideas in order to demonstrate the transformative, paradigm-shattering power of Gaian theory. Throughout his lucid presentation of recent and ongoing empirical research, Harding strives to show the relevance of these remarkable discoveries to our most personal experience of the world immediately around us.Read more ›
Harding has shown in his work at Schumacher College that he is a brilliant teacher -- witty, learned and just wonderfully alive. He invests all of himself in this book. It is Harding's gift to Gaia, a work of love.
One can only hope that enough people read this book before it's too late.
In our time Earth is desperate, Harding means; it wobbles between glacial periods and shorter hot periods like a top that is losing its speed. With his square reason man is not skilled to handle this. Instead, we need to feel that we live our lives in symbiotic relationship with a planetary being, so very much bigger than we - something similar to mitochondria in the cell. Gaia certainly is more like a living organism than a dead stone lump, but alive in the ordinary sense she is not, maybe. But Earth is something much bigger and more remarkable than we usually think.
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