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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Cosmic Rhythms of Life

Cosmic Rhythms of Life

(p.108) (p.109) 9 Cosmic Rhythms of Life
Chimeras and Consciousness

Bruce Scofield

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the rich and varied influences of the cosmic cyclical environment, including the Sun, the Moon, and the planets, on biological rhythms. It outlines the various levels of interrelationships between cosmic and biological cycles, highlighting the pervasive importance of timing in all the activities of life. This chapter uses paramecium and algal examples, demonstrating the difficulty of locating the circadian mechanism. It suggests that the study of biological rhythms helps record how life has responded to and internalized its environment by use of the natural geophysical and astronomical periods.

Keywords:   cosmic cyclical environment, Sun, Moon, planets, biological rhythms, biological cycles, circadian mechanism

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