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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (28 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595130674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595130672
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D. is an evolution biologist, futurist and author/lecturer who has lived in the USA, Greece and Peru. She has taught at MIT, the University of Massachusetts and CIIS. Her other books include Biology Revisioned and A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us.

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Absolutely wonderful book, easy read, good understanding of life. Such a good writer. Good for educating our young.
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The biologist Elisabet Sahtouris' book, Earthdance. Living Systems in Evolution (1999 and later), develops an idea of a possible solution of the crucial question of mankind: how to avoid to destroy the ecosystem we live in and by, and to perish ourselves? Her answer is that we must learn from Nature, Life, and Earth. As a young species we are still in our adolescence: we don't understand how to see beyond our own crisis, and to realize that Life formerly solved such crises by turning struggle and competition into cooperation, and by always recycling all matter of Earth, because that is all we have got; Earth is an island in space. The problem is, however, that in contrast to the cells in our body, all of them cooperating so perfectly, we are not cloned, and in contrast to other living beings, we are self-conscious, and anybody can oppose such solutions. Human aggressiveness, lust for power, the desire to conquest, are obstacles on the road.The hope is, however, that the driving force, the "moment", in "Gaia's" development will also pull us into a new kind of cooperation.
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the scope of the book is grand and certainly the book does not deliver. having said that it is a worthwhile attempt as it attempts to talk about a complex system in all spatio temporal scales micro meso and macro.
see also micro meso macro addressing complex system couplings.
the book does make for interesting reading for anyone interested in evolution in any scale and finding the (Greek!) roots of words used in science and everyday speech.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 21 May 2007
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In Earthdance, Elisabet Sahtouris has drawn together some of the best thinking about Earth as a living organism and presented it in terms that both inform the newcomer and add to the knowledge of the experienced student of evolution. Challenging the popular Darwinian concepts of how evolution takes place, Sahtouris leads her reader to understand how limited and dangerous Darwin's ideas can be in the wrong hands and minds. The "survivial of the fittest" mentality, she reminds us, can lead to deliberate acts of violence by one people against another in the name of "fitness." In Sahtouris' understanding of the evolutionary process, life takes on a new dimension, based in a reverence for all life. Spirituality is now a given, though "religion" takes its lumps. Traditional religious forms are seen as extensions of Darwinism, again propogating survival of one idea over another rather than the inclusion of all people in a search for the deeper spiritual meaning of how cration comes together out of the spiritual consciousness of all beings. Sahtouris points toward the Vedic religions as a way to understand the nature of our world as a living organism. The Buddhist concepts of the movement of life from one dimension of life to another fits beautifully within the "dance." She points to the view of Earth from space as a key element in the understanding of the unity of all life and being. Her book is another vital look from our space as a way to see the holiness of all life.
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The best way I can imagine to understand the intelligence of nature as shelter while we learn to see these fearsome crises we face as the once-in-a-species-time opportunity they are…
5.0 out of 5 stars A real tour de force! 3 Feb. 2013
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This is an amazing book covering the evolution of the Earth all the way from bacteria to us.
It provides a really refreshing perspective and puts our role in nature in a very different context.
I haven't quite finished it yet but already it has altered my way of thinking about life and our relationship with nature and the Earth.
Really worthwhile.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read with incredible insight and very positive 10 Oct. 2014
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Awesome read with incredible insight and very positive. This is a very important book that can help us break away from our tiny world view and come into a greater understanding of the universe and the cosmos. I highly recommend it.
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Elisabet draws beautiful pictures in your mind that make this deep subject graspable.
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