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A Rough Ride to the Future by James Lovelock DJV download ebook

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A Rough Ride to the Future introduces two new Lovelockian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning what Lovelock calls accelerated evolution, a process that is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly fifty years ago. A Rough Ride to the Future is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and asks eloquently whether his career trajectory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization. We are now changing the atmosphere again, and Lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. But instead of feeling guilty, we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to perhaps even guide the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough, life will continue on earth in some form far into the future. ", Bestselling author of "The Revenge of Gaia" James Lovelock--the great scientific visionary of our age--presents a radical vision of humanity's future Now in his 95th year, James Lovelock has been hailed as "the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin" (I"ndependent") and "the most profound scientific thinker of our time" ("Literary Review"). "A Rough Ride to the Future "introduces two new Lovelock-ian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was un-knowingly beginning what Lovelock calls "accelerated evolu-tion," a process that is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth system whose discovery Lovelock first an-nounced nearly fifty years ago. "A Rough Ride to the Future "is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and asks--eloquently--whether his career trajec-tory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization. We are now changing the atmosphere again, and Lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. But instead of feeling guilty, we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to--perhaps even guide--the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough, life will continue on earth in some form far into the future., Bestselling author of The Revenge of Gaia James Lovelockthe great scientific visionary of our agepresents a radical vision of humanity's future Now in his 95th year, James Lovelock has been hailed as "the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin" (I ndependent ) and "the most profound scientific thinker of our time" ( Literary Review ). A Rough Ride to the Future introduces two new Lovelock­ian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was un­knowingly beginning what Lovelock calls "accelerated evolu­tion," a process that is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth system whose discovery Lovelock first an­nounced nearly fifty years ago. A Rough Ride to the Future is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and askseloquentlywhether his career trajec­tory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization. We are now changing the atmosphere again, and Lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. But instead of feeling guilty, we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute toperhaps even guidethe next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough, life will continue on earth in some form far into the future., James Lovelock is the great scientific thinker of our age. In this visionary new book he shows how our living, self-regulating earth is entering a new phase of evolution. The human ingenuity that changed our planet's atmosphere irrevocably is now also our best hope for sustaining life and surviving the future. Book jacket., Now in his 95th year, James Lovelock has been hailed as the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin (Independent) and the most profound scientific thinker of our time (Literary Review). A Rough Ride to the Future introduces two new Lovelockian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning what Lovelock calls accelerated evolution, a process that is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly fifty years ago. A Rough Ride to the Future is also an intellectual autobiography, in which Lovelock reflects on his life as a lone scientist, and asks eloquently whether his career trajectory is possible in an age of increased bureaucratization. We are now changing the atmosphere again, and Lovelock argues that there is little that can be done about this. But instead of feeling guilty, we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to perhaps even guide the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough, life will continue on earth in some form far into the future."

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