Cosmic Joy and Local Pain: Musings of a Mystic Scientist

Harold J. Morowitz, Author Scribner Book Company $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-684-18443-2
The theory that planet Earth functions like one huge living organism is fashionable, so a sicentist's attempt to flesh out this cosmic viewpoint with hard evidence is certainly welcome. Morowitz, a Yale biophysicist and popular essayist (The Wine of Life, Mayonnaise and the Origin of Life is a fairly timid pantheist. He claims that humans are part of a biosphere that constantly interacts with the geosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Though he cites phenomena from such fields as evolution, the theory of continental drift, genetics and astrophysics, he rarely ventures into the deeper waters of the new planetary outlook. Written from the vantage of his sailboat, while moored off a Hawaiian island, this too-leisurely meditation interweaves the sights and sounds of volcanic mountains and star-drenched beaches with thoughts on Spinoza, Teilhard de Chardin, Freeman Dyson and Jacques Monod. (April)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
Genre: Nonfiction
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