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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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Nested Communities

Nested Communities

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Chimeras and Consciousness

James MacAllister

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with the state of the interdisciplinary appreciation of group actions in natural communities through geological time. It reveals that the role in the evolution of groups—chimeras, ranging from symbiotic partners to the largest ecosystem, Gaia—has been dangerously underemphasized. It specifically explores two scientific concepts: Gaia and symbiogenesis in the context of community. This chapter shows that the scientific ideas of Gaia and symbiogenesis offer a desperately needed community view of life and of planet Earth, but they are unorthodox concepts.

Keywords:   chimeras, Gaia, symbiogenesis, natural communities, Earth, life

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