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Episode 71: Interview with evolutionary biologist, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris

In this interview with Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, we explore the Gaia hypothesis or metaphor of a living earth, integrating physics, biology and spirituality. Indigenous cultures have long viewed the earth in such a way. Treating the earth and universe as living means we can develop a richer relationship with them than what traditionally happens with Western scientific views. Care for the earth leads to resilience and will give a greater chance of survival through the coming climate crisis.

She sees the climate crisis as very real, imminent, and irreversible, but believes humanity will survive and adapt, though maybe at much smaller scale. We should all be working for well-being of our mother earth and global family.

Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an internationally known evolution biologist, futurist, professor, author, speaker and consultant on Living Systems Design. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, an advisor to and the Masters in Business program at Schumacher College, also affiliated with the Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA program for sustainable business.

Dr. Sahtouris has convened two International Symposia on the Foundations of Sciences. Her books include A Walk Through Time: from Stardust to Us, Biology Revisioned, co-authored with Willis Harman, and EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution.

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