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On the Origin of Form: Evolution by Self-Organization Paperback – July 28, 2009
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
"Stuart Pivar’s book, On the Origin of Form, contains ideas that deserve full scientific scrutiny, especially in light of the turmoil roiling evolutionary biology at present. Pivar is presenting, in a series of brilliantly rendered graphical diagrams that show his interpretation of how modifications of a torus shape can generate a vast panoply of biotic form, a new theory of morphogenesis.... This is a seismic event for science. Conventional evolutionary biologists are right to be very worried about this, because it has the potential to trigger the complete collapse of Modern Synthesis Biology."
—Mark A. S. McMenamin, PhD, Paleontologist, Professor of Geology, Chair of Earth and Environment, Mount Holyoke College
"This is the discovery of the connection between the laws of physics and the complexity of life."
—Murray Gell-Mann, PhD, Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, Nobel Laureate
About the Author
Stuart Pivar is a chemist and engineer and founder of the New York Academy of Art in New York City. In 1996 he founded the Human Blueprint Laboratory to investigate the origins of form. He lives in New York City.
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You don't even need a microscope and an embryo to flagrantly disprove the content of these images: just google "limb bud"and glance at the pictures.
Pivar has a few intriguing ideas, and I certainly support his emphasis on the importance of morphogenetic fields. However, science needs to be based on observation and critical discussion, not merely speculation.