Slanted Truths

Essays on Gaia, Symbiosis and Evolution

  • Authors
  • Lynn Margulis
  • Dorion Sagan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Memoirs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 5-28
    3. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 29-32
  3. Symbiosis and Individuality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Lynn Margulis, Mark McMenamin
      Pages 35-46
    3. Lynn Margulis, Michael F. Dolan
      Pages 47-58
    4. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
      Pages 59-73
    5. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 75-82
    6. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 83-90
    7. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 113-123
  4. Gaia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
      Pages 145-157
    3. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis, Ricardo Guerrero
      Pages 171-183
    4. Dorion Sagan
      Pages 185-200
    5. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
      Pages 201-206
    6. Lynn Margulis, Gregory Hinkle
      Pages 207-220
    7. Lynn Margulis, Oona West
      Pages 221-234
    8. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
      Pages 235-246
    9. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 247-261
  5. Evolution and Evolutionists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 265-282
    3. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
      Pages 283-294
    4. Lynn Margulis
      Pages 307-316
    5. Dorion Sagan
      Pages 317-319
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-368

About this book


This enticing collection is as devoted to the profound power of figures of speech as any oration of old Hellas. Metaphor reigns as we encounter the identification of our Earth as a Single, integrative organism, a tale told in image and passion. The discoveries and conjectures upon which this grand view rest are here as well. I have enjoyed these two dozen pieces hugely. No family tree of animal life but must somewhere disclose a cousinly infolding. We are compact of life past, and the looped handing down is more complex than the Mendel-Morgan dance of chromosomes and genes. That dance is essential, certainly, but it is the vital editing of an epic and many-rooted work, a book more like the Bible than like one great artists Remembrance of Things Past. We follow a few old shelves of bound DNA, not just a single book. Our major biochemical package for oxidative metabolism was de­ scribed in a small DNA manual, somehow engulfed to become an or­ ganelle within a lucky ancient ancestral anaerobe, and passed ever since viii FOREWORD from mother to offspring outside of the chromosome shuffie. The sperm do carry half the compact genetic message of the human DNA, but they are too small to transfer this equally essential symbiotic one that comes down from the mothers, within roomy egg after roomy egg.


Animalia biology chromosome DNA evolution genes membrane metabolism oxidative metabolism

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