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Peter Ward, a paleontologist at the University of Washington who specializes in mass extinctions, this year expressed a dimmer view of life on earth. He sees not a self-optimizing biosphere but a tangle of organisms that have evolved to starve their competitors and pollute their surroundings, behaving in ways that are “inherently selfish and ultimately biocidal.” In his book “The Medea Hypothesis,” named after the Greek mother who slaughtered her own children, Ward argues that for billions of years the biosphere has been its own worst enemy. “Life seems to be actively pursuing its own demise,” he wrote recently in New Scientist, “moving earth ever closer to the inevitable day when it returns to its original state: sterile.”

Atualização (ou “Porra, esqueci do mais importante!”):

a Medean perspective could help us avoid environmental guilt and nostalgia as we face these crises. “We must overcome nature,” Ward writes, and later continues, “We do not want to go ‘back to nature.”

Do NYT, um jornal que abusa do direito de ser foda.

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