Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You

Notes from this book. 

Mother Nature is trying to kill you Dan Riskin – Great oxygenation event – 2.4 billion years ago – photosynthesis was a neat trick that created a poison
K-Pg 65 million ya – meteor
P-Tr 251 mya – volcano in Siberia
Richard Feynman – I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more . . . I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also a beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the process. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: Does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions [by] which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery, and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.

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