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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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A Quick History of Sex

A Quick History of Sex

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(p.60) Chapter 5 A Quick History of Sex
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Cosmic Apprentice
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Dorion Sagan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681358.003.0006

From bacteria swapping genetic material under ultraviolet light in the Archean Eon through to the bizarre mating practices of hermaphrodite slugs there is no comforting evolutionary sexual norm. Sex became linked with reproduction in the first place via incomplete protist cannibalism, not any Old Testament tendency latent in life.

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

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