8/27 New Story Group

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Monday, August 27, 2018, at 7pm in the Friends Room showing Part II of Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution Released in March, 2018, this video is screening internationally.

Who are you? Where did you come from are you? By learning new answers to these old questions, we are enabled to create a new future.

Quotes from Lynn Margulis

“Evolution is no linear family tree, but change in the single multidimensional being that has grown to cover the entire surface of Earth.”
What Is Life?

Life did not take over the world by combat, but by networking.
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution

Things work together more than they work apart. The evolution of life is as much – if not more – about joining and cooperation than it is about competition.

We are more than our genes. Much of our popular understanding of inheritance is based on the mid-twentieth century idea that our genes determine who we are, they were called “blueprints” or “the book of life.” Scientists are now finding that this gene-centered approach is far too simplistic. Instead of being a read-only memory system, our genes are a read-write system that is continually in touch with – and responding to – its environment.

The microbial world. While many people still think of bacteria as “germs” and a plague on humanity, scientists now know that bacteria – our ancestors – are Earth’s primary producers and recyclers and that we couldn’t live without them. Indeed, it turns out that each of us is not the independent individual we think we are, but a community of organisms living together through complex symbiotic relationships.

The Environment is a Process. The environment is not a place, but a complex system of which we are a part.