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Cosmic ApprenticeDispatches from the Edges of Science$
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Dorion Sagan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681358

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.001.0001

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Life Gave Earth the Blues

Life Gave Earth the Blues

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(p.111) Chapter 9 Life Gave Earth the Blues
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Cosmic Apprentice
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Dorion Sagan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0010

Billions of years ago, mutant cyanobacteria, using solar energy to break the molecular bonds connecting hydrogen to oxygen in water, massively released oxygen atoms. Toxic to most of life, the O2 was just right size to scatter blue wavelength light in all directions: Life gave earth the blues.

Keywords:   science, philosophy, Bataille, Whitehead, Derrida, Margulis, biopolitics, psychedelics, thermodynamics

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