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Peter Ward on The Medea Hypothesis

January 11, 2010 @ 12:00 am

Peter Ward on The Medea Hypothesis
Monday, January 11 Buy Tickets
7:30 pm
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
$15 ($13.50 Members, students, senior citizens)

In The Medea Hypothesis, renowned paleontologist Peter Ward proposes a revolutionary and provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere—one that has frightening implications for our future, yet also offers hope. Using the latest discoveries from the geological record, he argues that life might be its own worst enemy. This stands in stark contrast to James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis—the idea that life sustains habitable conditions on Earth. In answer to Gaia, which draws on the idea of the "good mother" who nurtures life, Ward invokes Medea, the mythical mother who killed her own children. Could life by its very nature threaten its own existence?

Details

Date:
January 11, 2010
Time:
12:00 am

Venue

USA – New York
NY United States
Phone:
518-947-9451

Organizer

Lowell Eschen
Phone:
212 769 5800
Email:
leschen@amnh.org
Website:
www.amnh.org