THE EXTREMOPHILE CHOICE: A QUICK TOUR – Free PDF Download
A 12-page pictorial introduction to the key concepts in the e-book: Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice (Fifty Short Essays on what it means to be Human in the Natural World)
EXTREMOPHILE PUBLISHING MISSION STATEMENT: Although from time to time, as a secondary project, works might be published just for fun and friendship, the primary mission is to publish essays, prose, poetry and pictures that Illuminate the next chapter in the human story. The next primary project in queue is a book of poems and quotations that express the spirit of the Extremophile Choice. To this end, all visitors to this site are invited to suggest entries from your own reading list. And, of course, original works will also be considered. (For example, two suitable poems already selected are: A Seaside Walk by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and The Worm’s Waking by Rumi.)
REVIEW of Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice: “This remarkable book combines Darwin, ecology, and meditation research in original ways. There is real understanding of the sciences here, as well as a vipassana practitioner’s personal phenomenology. But there’s nothing New Age about it. It is thoroughly researched. It is extremely well written, with thoughtful insights into the societal and personal choices human beings must face under the onslaught of ecological degradation.”
[Review by James H. Bunn, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Buffalo, and former member of the Center for Cognitive Science there. He is author of Balancing the Common Core Curriculum in Middle School Education, 2017, and The Natural Law of Cycles Governing the Mobile Symmetries of Animals and Machines, 2014.]
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Kindle version of Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice is available on Amazon. The hard-copy will come out early in the new year; it will include a proper index (with ‘real’ page numbers) and a few helpful improvements and corrections.
DARWIN, DOGEN, AND THE EXTREMOPHILE CHOICE – Fifty Short Essays on What it Means to be Human in the Natural World
The full pdf version (2.5 MB) is now available for $5.00.
The book develops and expands on the themes introduced on this website. But also, as the inclusion of Dogen in the title implies, more attention is given to our “bodyminds” as cultural animals. (This theme is only hinted at in the Concept Gallery page A3.) The “two trees” analogy, by comparing and contrasting cultural intelligence (the “tree of knowledge”) with evo-ecological intelligence (the “tree of life”), helps us to explore our human creativity — its origins as an escape from Natural regulation, and the consequences of this escape for both the Natural world and for our own human future.
DARWIN, DOGEN, AND THE EXTREMOPHILE CHOICE – Fifty Short Essays on What it Means to be Human in the Natural World (ePUB)
The full ePUB version (689 KB) is now available for $5.00 here and at the Kobo store.
(A Kindle version is available on Amazon for $7.50. It will also be available on this website in 2018.)