Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #20: „Gaia, Symbiosis and Evolution“

[…] note that you, yourself, were once a single cell: the fertilized egg, the zygote, that reproduced by division to become an embryo in your mother’s womb. […]If in nine months a single fertile egg can become a human, albeit a pudgy defenceless, and uncoordinated one, is it not easily conceivable that all life-forms today arose from a single bacterium over 3,000 million years ago?”[1 Lynn Margulis]

Reading parts of ‘Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution’ by Lynn Margulis at session #19 started to change our way we view our living Earth [2]. To delve deeper into Margulis‘ revolutionary findings for evolutionary biology, we will continue with a selection of essays by Margulis on sex, symbiosis and stromatolites – and Gaia.

About Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club
In ‘Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club’ we read texts together related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism, and (post)anthropocene, chosen from a female perspective looking beyond disciplines.Those who would like to attend the reading session, please rsvp via email to betweenusnature@gmail.com​ until Tuesday 19th of March and you’ll receive a selection of texts.

At this reading group we will read passages together out loud and share our experiences and thoughts about the nature we live in, what it means to us, and will discuss post-natural conditions orchallenges of who we are and where we live.

Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, environmental & cultural manager

Come and join us with an open mind here:
What:​ The Reading Club is in English language
Who:​ small group of lovely, people who would like to meet you (rsvp only, not suitable for children)
Why:​ to read together, be inspired and meet people
Note: ​Bring your copy of the text as print out or on a digital device

[1] Lynn Margulis (1998) Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution, Sciencewriters, Basic Books, Amherst, Massachusetts, p. 73.[2] Idem.[3] Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan  (1997): Slanted Truths: Essays on Gaia, Symbiosis, and Evolution, Copernicus Books.