On the Origin of Form: Evolution by Self-Organization


"On the Origin of Form "presents a new account of evolution and the origin of life based on the premise that the body form of any species is encoded not in the DNA but in the patterned structure of the primordial germ plasm--the universal predecessor of the egg.
Two hundred years after Johann von Goethe's Faustian quest for the "Urform," the archetypal design underlying all living form, comes the recent discovery that organic forms are derived from a unique, self-organized, pre-embryonic structure. This explanation of evolution is an alternative to the now widely questioned Neo-Darwinist theory of natural selection of random mutations. This new model is based on known, relatively uncomplicated scientific principles and is easily accessible to the interested layman. Included are sixty-four pages of illustrations that support this new theory. For additional information, please visit www.ontheoriginofform.com
Review Quotes:
"Stuart Pivar's book, "On the Origin of Form", contains ideas that deserve full scientific scrutiny, especially in light of the turmoil roiling evolutionary biology at present. Pivar is presenting, in a series of brilliantly rendered graphical diagrams that show his interpretation of how modifications of a torus shape can generate a vast panoply of biotic form, a new theory of morphogenesis.... This is a seismic event for science. Conventional evolutionary biologists are right to be very worried about this, because it has the potential to trigger the complete collapse of Modern Synthesis Biology."
--Mark A. S. McMenamin, PhD, Paleontologist, Professor of Geology, Chair of Earth and Environment, Mount Holyoke College

"This is the discovery of the connection between the laws of physics and the complexity of life."
--Murray Gell-Mann, PhD, Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, Nobel Laureate

Biographical Note:
Stuart Pivar is a chemist and engineer and founder of the New York Academy of Art in New York City. In 1996 he founded the Human Blueprint Laboratory to investigate the origins of form. He lives in New York City.

Contributor Bio: Milner, Richard
Author Richard Milner took his practice of Aikido and Zen Buddhism - from time spent living in Japan - and fused it with his later practice of Krav Maga, creating an original, hybrid philosophy and martial art for use in "Vessel of Kali", one that the disciples of Kali practice in the book.
The novel was inspired by a single image of the goddess Kali, seen in a book of sacred art. In that moment, the core plot points, the main characters, and the overall purpose of the story came to life. It was written over the course of six years, including a full year of near-isolation, while traveling and finishing a post-graduate degree.
"Vessel of Kali" is an intensely personal work chronicling a spiritual journey to overcome abuses of power, whether they be institutional or individual. It's written as a myth-in-progress, a series of events that later generations will recount as an allegory of ancient times.

Contributor Bio: Gould, Stephen Jay
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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