By James E. Lovelock
Bestselling writer of The Revenge of Gaia James Lovelock—the nice clinical visionary of our age—presents a thorough imaginative and prescient of humanity's future
Now in his ninety fifth yr, James Lovelock has been hailed as "the guy who conceived the 1st utterly new means of existence in the world in view that Charles Darwin" (Independent) and "the so much profound clinical philosopher of our time" (Literary Review).
A tough journey to the long run introduces new Lovelockian rules. the 1st is that 300 years in the past, while Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he used to be unknowingly starting what Lovelock calls "accelerated evolution," a method that's bringing approximately swap on our planet approximately 1000000 occasions speedier than Darwinian evolution. the second one is that as a part of this approach, humanity has the potential to turn into the clever a part of Gaia, the self-regulating earth process whose discovery Lovelock first announced approximately fifty years ago.
A tough trip to the long run is additionally an highbrow autobiography, within which Lovelock displays on his lifestyles as a lone scientist, and asks—eloquently—whether his occupation trajectory is feasible in an age of elevated bureaucratization.
We at the moment are altering the ambience back, and Lovelock argues that there's little that may be performed approximately this. yet rather than feeling to blame, we should always realize what's taking place, arrange for swap, and confirm that we continue to exist as a species that will give a contribution to—perhaps even guide—the subsequent evolution of Gaia. the line may be tough, but when we're clever sufficient, existence will proceed on the earth in a few shape a long way into the long run.
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A Rough Ride to the Future by James E. Lovelock