The Medea Hypothesis

The Medea Hypothesis

Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-destructive?

eBook - 2009
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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 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 kille.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, Ă2009
ISBN: 9781400829880
1400829887
9781282158221
1282158228
9780691130750
0691130752
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 180 pages) : illustrations

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