Sunday, January 21, 2007

Barnacle sapiens...

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky was a Ukranian minerologist and geochemist who coined the term "noosphere," (which I'm sure you use liberally in your waterfountain chats). He is most known for his 1926 book, "The Biosphere," in which he speculated that life is the geological force that shapes the Earth. In other words, life and human cognition are integral parts of the earth and its development. In other words, we are to the Earth what plaque is to our teeth. Ideally, I suppose, we should be more like what Scrubbing Bubbles is to your bathroom.

V.I. Vernadsky

(top photo by Mona Kuhn)


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