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  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Reprint edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933392312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933392318
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To make sense of the natural world around us, now and into the future, it will not be enough to view science in strictly empirical terms; a convergence of the metaphysical with the corporeal will have to occur if humanity is to fully grasp and participate in the salvation of Earth's biosphere. Sharing many previously unpublished works for the first time, Margulis and Sagan jointly and separately examine a vast array of atypical subjects that should be brought to bear in any serious scientific discussion. A world-renowned geoscientist, Margulis views the world from the microbial level upward, while her son, an internationally acclaimed author, brings a more humanistic perspective to the natural sciences. From the surprising correlation between the AIDS virus and syphilis to the evolutionary and ecological derivation of contemporary technology, the authors' meticulously precise yet contemplative approach infuses their compelling and distinctive arguments with both immediacy and intimacy, making for edifying reading. Haggas, Carol

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"Enlightening, argumentative, and passionate reflections from a lifetime of debate about science, sex, and society. A fine personal summing up by mother and son--two of the finest creative thinkers and writers in the literature."--Greg Bear



"This is a ripsnorting intellectual barnstorm of a book, a sort of chimeric hybrid of mental genes from Dorion Sagan, his genius mother Lynn Margulis, and his dead father Carl Sagan--surely one of the smartest families on the planet. The result is a remarkably coherent and blazingly original proposal for the next grand narrative of our civilization (now that we have pretty much burned out the Cartesian one)."--Frederick Turner, author of Natural Classicism and The Culture of Hope



"Brilliant and fascinating, Dazzle Gradually unrolls for us the scroll of life on earth. These essays show us the intricate complexities of microbes; an atmosphere that performs self-maintenance; our own minds. Margulis and Sagan do not blink at the big questions or hard answers, and their writing is lively, precise, entertaining, and provocative, their passion for science everywhere evident and persuasive. Anyone who has ever wondered where we came from, who we are, and where we may be headed will delight in this extraordinarily exciting book."--Kelly Cherry, author of Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems



"Deeply personal, humorous, and brilliant…reading Dazzle is like journeying into two of the most original and creative scientific minds of our time. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan discuss their most revelatory and complex ideas in concise essays with accessible language, making this book a must-read primer to foraying their broad academic and intellectual interests."--Alan Berger, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design



"Here is a certain slant of light, a profound exploration exposing false hierarchies and convenient dualisms and illuminating the continuities of biology, literature, physics, and philosophy. Margulis and Sagan make a dazzling team--their science allows us to glimpse, to begin to understand, a universe of unseen worlds."--Joseph Coulson, author of The Vanishing Moon and Of Song and Water; novelist, playwright, and co-editor of The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology



"In Dazzle Gradually, Margulis and Sagan effectively tap into the cultural waveform through a series of original science essays and provocative ideas to reveal why we are living in an open social networked world, and why survival of the fittest no longer means fit to kill, but fitting in with the rest of life. Simply said, Darwin is left in the dust."--Mary McGuinness, Co-Director, Sputnik Observatory



"Margulis and Sagan continue to dazzle--much like the natural world they are describing. This is a wonderful collection of essays that breaks down false barriers and challenges the reader to rethink the very concepts of life, self, and change. Among the false dualisms that the authors attack is the very nature of writing itself. Written in neither dense, technical-academic prose nor some mere watered-down, populist version of science, Margulis and Sagan maintain their reputation for being able to bring the best of both worlds together--and in so doing show us that the dichotomy is to no one's advantage. Indeed, in many ways Dazzle Gradually is their finest work, both in that it brings together some of the authors' greatest contributions to and speculations on science, and in that they seamlessly move from autobiography to nature, from the personal to the transpersonal, with subtle humor, clear examples, and revolutionary thinking. Dazzle Gradually not only eloquently states the queries but has the courage to offer arguments that point toward answers as well. It is a remarkable book. A book that might just make a move toward resolving some of the big questions: questions concerning the birth of life, the origin of sex, the rise of death, and everything in between. Even raccoons in space."--H. Peter Steeves, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, and author of The Things Themselves





"Biological phenomena are usually viewed in terms of plants and animals. Margulis and Sagan look at them from their extremes: Gaia--the living system of the Earth as a whole--and bacteria. Both Gaia and bacteria dazzle the reader accustomed to conventional fare. It is re-viewing of this kind that paves the way for real advance in science."--John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology



"Dazzle Gradually is like an air-raid siren, calling for science to reinvent itself for the 21st century; to look beyond the categorization and characterization of things and the traditional view of nature into a highly networked and involved view. In particular, it advises us to descend from our throne of delusion and realize that humanity (with all its technological and cultural trappings), is intimately and inextricably immersed in this grand system along with the protoctists and bacteria, plants and animals, the living world that surrounds us. Our very identity--our minds and souls--are a result of the evolving experiment we call nature. Dazzle Gradually is like opening the door to a vast and brilliant garden, which slowly assimilates us as we become part of nature's teeming, humming, growing, and unendingly magical realm."--Stephen Miles Uzzo, Ph.D., New York Hall of Science



"Dazzle Gradually sparkles with insight and wit as it delves into a host of topics in biology and ecology, linking them in new ways that highlight scientific understanding and speculation at their enjoyable best."--Donald Goldsmith, co-author of Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution and The Search for Life in the Universe



"This book is a thrilling account of deep insights into life and its evolution, and will likely influence fundamental research in biology and environmental sciences."--Zoltán Toroczkai, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Brousseau on August 4, 2011
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This is a great book if you are interested in the life sciences. It definitively presents some topics that we, unfortunately, don't find in high school or college class rooms. That makes it a great read for anyone in the life/Earth sciences, since it will present new ideas about 'well known' phenomena in nature.

It is a collection of essays, both scientific and personal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Conroy on November 29, 2008
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An amazing recounting of the microscopic living world. And we thought we were the important species. Bacteria started it all and are still here keeping it going. Read this and you will think twice about how we should live in this world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Marks VINE VOICE on December 31, 2011
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This is an exceptionally informative, entertaining, and enlightening book, but there is no better way to illustrate this, than by quoting a sample of the editorial reviewers' comments, since their views mirror my own views (see these particular reviewers' comments, below):

"This is a ripsnorting intellectual barnstorm of a book, a sort of chimeric hybrid of mental genes from Dorion Sagan, his genius mother Lynn Margulis, and his dead father Carl Sagan--surely one of the smartest families on the planet. The result is a remarkably coherent and blazingly original proposal for the next grand narrative of our civilization (now that we have pretty much burned out the Cartesian one)." --Frederick Turner, author of Natural Classicism and The Culture of Hope

"Brilliant and fascinating, Dazzle Gradually unrolls for us the scroll of life on earth. These essays show us the intricate complexities of microbes; an atmosphere that performs self-maintenance; our own minds. Margulis and Sagan do not blink at the big questions or hard answers, and their writing is lively, precise, entertaining, and provocative, their passion for science everywhere evident and persuasive. Anyone who has ever wondered where we came from, who we are, and where we may be headed will delight in this extraordinarily exciting book." --Kelly Cherry, author of Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems

"Deeply personal, humorous, and brilliant...reading Dazzle is like journeying into two of the most original and creative scientific minds of our time. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan discuss their most revelatory and complex ideas in concise essays with accessible language, making this book a must-read primer to foraying their broad academic and intellectual interests." --Alan Berger, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lois E. Brynes on November 29, 2007
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Profound science combined with wit and the subtlety of Dickinson. Not to be missed..Nature loves this book!
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9 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Victor Fet on October 2, 2007
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"Dazzle gradually" is another great book by Margulis and Sagan. It engages your intellect and emotions in bringing together and taking apart myriads of the living world's dazzling puzzles, or (quoting the famous Russian poet Nikolay Gumilev) "as if not all stars are yet counted, as if our world is not yet all discovered".

Let me add to one of those dazzles by commenting on kefir, the Caucasian drink and a wonderful symbiotic consortium of yeast and bacteria.

There indeed is a Caucasian legend about "Muhammad pellets" (or "Prophet's grain") but it talks about the Prophet bringing it (in his hollowed staff) to Muslim people of Caucasus - definitely not to the Christians!

The legend comes from the Karachay, a Sunni Muslim people still inhabiting the valleys of northern Caucasus north of the (Orthodox Christian) Georgia, indeed near Mt Elbrus.
In fact, the legend said explicitly that the secret of kefir has to be hidden from the infidels, and its disclosure will bring Allah's anger and the destruction of Karachay people.
The kefir secret was held so tightly that it became known outside of Caucasus only in early 20th century through Russian dairy producers.

We even know exactly how this happened: Ten pounds of kefir culture were given by a Karachay nobleman Bekmurza Baichorov to a young Russian dairy researcher Irina Sakharova in 1906. The story of their love can be now read on every packet of kefir in Russia!

The entire Karachay people (80,000), along with a number of other ethnic groups, were exiled by Stalin to Central Asia in 1943. Out of 28,000 exiled children, 22,000 died. The Karachay were allowed to return to the Caucasus in 1957. The world never noticed.

Victor Fet,
Marshall University,
Huntington, West Virginia
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