What is Death?: A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life

What is Death A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life what is death A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of LifeAnswering the question What is death by focusing on the individual is blinkered It restricts attention to a narrow zone around the individual body o

  • Title: What is Death?: A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life
  • Author: Tyler Volk
  • ISBN: 9780471375449
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • what is death A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of LifeAnswering the question What is death by focusing on the individual is blinkered It restricts attention to a narrow zone around the individual body of a creature Instead, how expansive is the answer we receive when we look at the context of death within the biosphere Death now is tied to all of life, via the atmosphewhat is death A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of LifeAnswering the question What is death by focusing on the individual is blinkered It restricts attention to a narrow zone around the individual body of a creature Instead, how expansive is the answer we receive when we look at the context of death within the biosphere Death now is tied to all of life, via the atmosphere and ocean Death supports the awesome biological enterprise of making abundant the green and squiggly life Talk about death has headed us straight into a contemplation of life, not only individual life, but big life, life on a global scale Death and life are neatly dovetailed by the supreme cabinetmaker of evolution Again, the crucial feature is not the death of any one creature per se, but rather what is done with death To reach into the meaning of death, we must reach out into the wider context of which death is a part.

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      Tyler Volk

    About Author

    1. Tyler Volk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at New York University Volk is an active proponent of the Gaia hypothesis A 1989 study, co authored by Volk, published in the journal Nature asserts that without the cooling effects of living things, Earth would be 80 degrees Fahrenheit warmer.

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    What is Death?: A Scientist Looks at the Cycle of Life Comment

    1. Loved the scientific parts, the philosophical parts were not so inspiring The author contends that accepting the reality of death can help alleviate the pain I personally think it s not death per se that is painful, but the senescence that leads to death I don t mind dying, but I do mind seeing my body go down in ruins right before the last migration of my life.


    2. This is a philosophical meandering on death from someone with a very similar viewpoint to mine No definitive answers, but lots of good questions and examination of evidence.



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