Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science

Cosmic Apprentice Dispatches from the Edges of Science In the pursuit of knowledge Dorion Sagan argues in this dazzlingly eclectic rigorously crafted and deliciously witty collection of essays scientific authoritarianism and philosophical obscurantism

  • Title: Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science
  • Author: Dorion Sagan
  • ISBN: 9780816681358
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the pursuit of knowledge, Dorion Sagan argues in this dazzlingly eclectic, rigorously crafted, and deliciously witty collection of essays, scientific authoritarianism and philosophical obscurantism are equally formidable obstacles to discovery As science has become specialized and costly, its questing spirit has been constrained by dogma And philosophy, perhIn the pursuit of knowledge, Dorion Sagan argues in this dazzlingly eclectic, rigorously crafted, and deliciously witty collection of essays, scientific authoritarianism and philosophical obscurantism are equally formidable obstacles to discovery As science has become specialized and costly, its questing spirit has been constrained by dogma And philosophy, perhaps the discipline best placed to question orthodoxy, has retreated behind dense theoretical language and arcane topics of learning.Guided by a capacious, democratic view of science inspired by the examples set by his late parents Carl Sagan, who popularized the study of the cosmos, and Lynn Margulis, an evolutionary biologist who repeatedly clashed with the scientific establishment Sagan draws on classical and contemporary philosophy to intervene provocatively in often charged debates on thermodynamics, linear and nonlinear time, purpose, ethics, the links between language and psychedelic drugs, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the occupation of the human body by microbial others Informed by a countercultural sensibility, a deep engagement with speculative thought, and a hardheaded scientific skepticism, he advances controversial positions on such seemingly sacrosanct subjects as evolution and entropy At the same time, he creatively considers a wide range of thinkers, from Socrates to Bataille and Descartes to von Uexk ll, to reflect on sex, biopolitics, and the free will of Kermit the Frog.Refreshingly nonconformist and polemically incisive, Cosmic Apprentice challenges readers to reject both dogma and clich and instead recover the intellectual spirit of adventure that should and can once again animate both science and philosophy.

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    About " Dorion Sagan "

  • Dorion Sagan

    Dorion Sagan born 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin is an American science writer, essayist, and theorist He has written and co authored many books on culture, evolution, and the history and philosophy of science, most recently The Sciences of Avatar from Anthropology to Xenology and Death and Sex, which won first place at the 2010 New York Book Show in the general trade nonfiction category His Into the Cool, co authored with Eric D.Schneider, is about the relationship between non equilibrium thermodynamics and life.A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has been a Humana Scholar at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and received an Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award for The Riddle of Sex, which appeared in The Science Teacher His Death and Sex, a two in one hardcover published by Chelsea Green, won the 2010 New York Book Show in the competitive general trade nonfiction category His current interests include philosophy and science fiction.Sagan is the son of astronomer Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis His younger brother is Jeremy Sagan and his half brother is Nick Sagan.

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  • Dorion Sagan, son of Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis, has written a few books previously, but this is my first. Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science, is somewhat unique among the things I've read. It exists in a strange place where science and philosophy meet, where symbiotic evolution, astronomy, and microbiology rub shoulders with continental and postmodern philosophy, and both sides of the academic cultural divide are taken seriously. Sagan's essays focus on the them [...]


  • There are enough educational and philosophical nuggets in this book that it will cause you to pause every few pages to laugh in astonishment or to take a moment to gather your "reality" bearings. Like others have said, the writing can be overdone in spots, but being that it's a wide collection of writings with different amounts of exposure to editors, that's to be expected. Your corporate being, and the energetic flow of life may owe itself a round of applause on this fascinating set of writings [...]


  • Dorian Sagan’s “Cosmic Apprentice” is a collection of speculative and celebratory essays on biology, life and the human condition. Some of these essays re-explore and extend arguments that were put forward in his 2005 book with Dr. Eric D. Schneider entitled “Into the Cool”. The main thesis of “Into the Cool” is that life is a thermodynamic phenomena that thrives on the energy gradients that characterize systems far from equilibrium. The Earth, for example, bathes in a river of rad [...]


  • This book will tell you the purpose of life. Seriously! (At least, one of them). It is an amazing book for science or non-science people. It will push the boundaries of what you consider your reality. Dorion Sagan is a great writer. However, in my opinion, his writing style is the only reason this book doesn't deserve 5 stars. He often abuses citations annd very often gives us (very) long paragraphs, which get in the way of what he wants to communicate. Despite of that, the book shows a rich int [...]


  • A fun mix of essays covering topics and ideas circling the usually rather dry spot of philosophy of science. Sagan talks about the gaia theory, us and the microbes, life's purpose of reducing gradients, the kermitronic predicament, ecodelic trips, science vs science wars. His writing is incredibly entertaining, in parts very personal and always very smart. I feel like i missed out on many witty jokes by not being familiar with all the science, philosophy, literature and pop-culture references he [...]


  • The subtitle of Dorion Sagan's Cosmic Apprentice is: dispatches from the edges of science. (all "serious" books seem to have subtitles these days) Yes, however the chapters really arent short and concise enough to be dispatches but they are patchy. I had to skim much of it because the writing style just doesnt go smoothy. Interesting but not compelling stuff.







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