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A film about Lynn Margulis, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaborationSymbiotic Earth is the story of a scientific rebel. A model of female empowerment, Lynn Margulis fought the male establishment and, through her persistence, triumphed. As a young scientist in the 1960s, Margulis was ridiculed when she articulated a theory that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution. Instead of the mechanistic view that life evolved solely through random genetic mutations and competition, she presented a symbiotic narrative in which bacteria joined together to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants, and all other organisms. The idea that all of life is deeply interconnected and collaborative has radical implications for how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.Filmmaker John Feldman traveled globally to meet Margulis’ cutting-edge colleagues and continually asked: What happens when the truth changes? Symbiotic Earth examines the worldview that has led to climate change and extreme capitalism and offers a new approach to understanding life that encourages a sustainable and symbiotic lifestyle.Symbiotic Earth is divided into 10 essays and an epilogue:Introduction 1. How Lynn Margulis Coerced Me Into Making This Film 2. How Science Gave Us Permission to Exploit the Earth 3. Confronting the Neo-Darwinian Capitalistic Zeitgeist (aka: How Science Gave Us Permission to Exploit Each Other) 4. Lynn Margulis’ Lifelong Quest 5. Working Together (aka: How Did She Do it All?) 6. Bacteria Run the Planet 7. Symbiosis is the Way of Life 8. The Cell (not DNA) Controls the Organism 9. Evolution Through Mergers 10. Gaia: A Physiological System on the Surface of the Earth Epilogue: Embracing How Little We KnowFor more information, go to:  http://hummingbirdfilms.com/symbioticearth/
  • Creators: John Feldman, Humming Bird Films
  • Used by people who call the work: Gaia Theory/Science-Based Systems Thinking
  • Applies a deep time evolutionary perspective to: Biology and Earth Systems Science
  • Learning Stages: Adult Education, Higher Education, Lifelong, Middle 6 - 8, Secondary 9 - 12
  • Types: Video
  • Keywords: Lynn Margulis, Gaia Theory, Systems Theory
  • Link to Resource: http://hummingbirdfilms.com/symbioticearth/
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  • Date Added: September 10, 2018

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