|Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis|
Happy Birthday Lynn Margulis! (Today would have been her 75th.)
National Medal of Science winner Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) may one day be remembered as the prime catalyst of a paradigm shift that re-wrote the history of life on earth. She was also a courageous and eloquent 9/11 truth supporter.
Lynn’s son and co-author, Dorion Sagan, joins me today to discuss the new book he edited: Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel. Nestled among the many tributes to Lynn by her scientific colleagues is one essay by Lynn herself: Two Hit, Three Down – the Biggest Lie: David Ray Griffin’s work Exposing 9/11.
Lynn Margulis is the most intellectually exciting collection of tributes to a major scientific figure that you are ever likely to read. Among the topics:
*Lynn’s work with James Lovelock developing the Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a kind of homeostatic super-organism (but definitely not an organism per se.)
*The paradigm clash of Lynn’s symbiotic theory of evolution versus the neo-Darwinian orthodoxy of Richard Dawkins, culminating in the 2009 Margulis-Dawkins “Battle of Baliol” debate at Oxford.
*The implications of Lynn gradually winning her decades-long argument with the neo-Darwinians and becoming a sort of “modern-day Copernicus” (Peter Westbroek).
*Science as a search for the truth about reality, in all its messy detail, rather than the elaboration of tautologies based on internally-consistent but factually-inaccurate paradigms (neo-Darwinism, the official story of 9/11, etc.)
Dorion Sagan is the author of 24 books, including some of the best science writing available today. His next book Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science is due out in May from the University of Minnesota Press.