By James E. Lovelock
Bestselling writer of The Revenge of Gaia James Lovelock—the nice medical visionary of our age—presents a thorough imaginative and prescient of humanity's future
Now in his ninety fifth yr, James Lovelock has been hailed as "the guy who conceived the 1st thoroughly new approach of taking a look at lifestyles in the world given that Charles Darwin" (Independent) and "the such a lot profound medical philosopher of our time" (Literary Review).
A tough journey to the long run introduces new Lovelockian principles. the 1st is that 300 years in the past, while Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he used to be unknowingly starting what Lovelock calls "accelerated evolution," a procedure that's bringing approximately swap on our planet approximately 1000000 instances quicker than Darwinian evolution. the second one is that as a part of this strategy, humanity has the means to develop into the clever a part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth approach whose discovery Lovelock first announced approximately fifty years ago.
A tough trip to the longer term is additionally an highbrow autobiography, during which Lovelock displays on his lifestyles as a lone scientist, and asks—eloquently—whether his profession trajectory is feasible in an age of elevated bureaucratization.
We are actually altering the ambience back, and Lovelock argues that there's little that may be performed approximately this. yet rather than feeling responsible, we must always realize what's occurring, arrange for swap, and make sure that we live on as a species on the way to give a contribution to—perhaps even guide—the subsequent evolution of Gaia. the line could be tough, but when we're clever adequate, lifestyles will proceed in the world in a few shape a ways into the long run.
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