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In a demythologized world, William Thompson finds that the power of myth is ironically being restored at the leading edge of science. This book surveys the present, from Post-Modern theory to a science encompassing Chaos theory and the Gaia hypothesis, and finds in it the threads out of which a future conceptual landscape might be woven.

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William Irwin Thompson is the author of At the Edge of History, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light and Imaginary Landscapes. He lives in Switzerland.

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Critical supporter of New Age thinking, Thompson ( At the Edge of History ; Pacific Shift ) envisions "a planetary culture in which myth is understood to be isomorphic, but not identical, to science." Weighted down by portentousness and self-sustaining rhetoric, these five loosely related essays, in part, defend the Gaia hypothesis, which posits planet Earth as a single living organism. Thompson offers insightful commentary on the transition from matriarchy to patriarchy, the "illusory conservatism of Ronald Reagan," the gropings of New Age visionaries; the essays also interweave a self-indulgent tribute to four friends who influenced the author's thought: neurophysiologist Francesco Varela, mathematician Ralph Abraham, and co-inventors of the Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis. Thompson links "the plagues of AIDS and pollution" as he discusses responses of living systems to "the emerging planetary bioplasm."
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  • PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
  • Publication date1990
  • ISBN 10 0312048084
  • ISBN 13 9780312048082
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