The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?
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?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KeithAkers - LibraryThing
Interesting and well explained. It's not quite the doom and gloom that you expect from the title and subtitle, but it is a challenging book that takes aim at the idea that all life on earth instinctively cooperates to make the planet a better planet, the "Gaia hypothesis." Read full review
1 Darwinian Life
2 What Is Evolutionary Success?
3 Two Hypotheses about the Nature of Life on Earth
4 Medean Feedbacks and Global Processes
5 Medean Events in the History of Life
6 Humans as Medeans
7 Biomass through Time as a Test