By Lynn Margulis
During this groundbreaking ebook, Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan current a solution to at least one of the iconic mysteries of evolution--the resource of inherited edition that offers upward thrust to new species. Random genetic mutation, lengthy believed to be the most resource of version, is just a marginal issue. because the authors display during this e-book, the extra vital resource of speciation, by way of some distance, is the purchase of latest genomes through symbiotic merger. the results of thirty years of delving right into a giant, usually arcane literature, this can be the 1st e-book to head beyond--and show the critical barriers of--the "Modern Synthesis" that has ruled evolutionary biology for nearly 3 generations. Lynn Margulis, whom E. O. Wilson referred to as "one of the main winning artificial thinkers in glossy biology," and her co-author Dorion Sagan have written a finished and scientifically supported presentation of a conception that without delay demanding situations the assumptions we carry concerning the number of the dwelling international.
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To unite oneself with this shadow is to say yes to instinct, to that formidable dynamism lurking in the background. From this the ascetic morality of Christianity wishes to free us, but at the risk of disorganizing man’s animal nature at the deepest level.  Has anyone made clear to himself what that means—a yea-saying to instinct? That was what Nietzsche desired and taught, and he was in deadly earnest. With a rare passion he sacrificed himself, his whole life, to the idea of the Superman—to the idea of the man who through obedience to instinct transcends himself.
B was his bachelor friend. She liked them both. Nevertheless it soon began to look as though she liked Mr. B a vast deal better. An intimacy quickly sprang up between them and before long there was talk of a possible engagement. Through her relations with Mr. B and through her friend she often came into contact with Mr. A, whose presence sometimes disturbed her in the most unaccountable way and made her nervous. About this time the patient went to a large party. Her friends were also there. She became lost in thought and was dreamily playing with her ring when it suddenly slipped off her finger and rolled under the table.
I remember a young woman who suffered from acute hysteria following a sudden fright. 9 She had been to an evening party and was on her way home about midnight in the company of several acquaintances, when a cab came up behind them at full trot. The others got out of the way, but she, as though spellbound with terror, kept to the middle of the road and ran along in front of the horses. The cabman cracked his whip and swore; it was no good, she ran down the whole length of the road, which led across a bridge.
Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species by Lynn Margulis