Lynn Margulis, 1938-2011

By Razib Khan | November 26, 2011 1:18 am

The New York Times has an obit. But if you don’t know who she is, really just read the Wikipedia entry.

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Comments (6)

  1. Al Cibiades

    WOW! This was a brilliant theoretician. Thanks for the pointer. Here is her interview:

  2. Mary

    I first read of her when The Gaia Hypothesis came out in the 70’s. It was a shocking but philosophically satisfying theory to me then. I still think it makes a pretty package. I didn’t realize she was married to Carl Sagan. And all those kids, too. Huh. Super woman. Getting into U of Chicago at 14 impressive too. It’s not surprising that she stuck to her evolutionary theory in the face of adamant rejection. She knew she was right and didn’t care what anyone else thought. Wow.

  3. Evan

    Another kind of weird fact about her was that she argued against HIV being a virus and was a big “9/11 Truther”:

  4. Evan

    BTW, in the Youtube video I linked to, she spends about half of it describing what science and the scientific method are which is pretty interesting. She also seems like she may have had some degree of Asperger’s, based on how she talks and acts in the video.

  5. Bazd

    It’s disturbing that someone of her intellect would so uncritically embrace the most illogical, paranoid and pseudoscientific aspects of 9/11 Trutherism. Carl Sagan must have been convulsing in his grave.

  6. John Emerson

    One common approach to science privileges the counterintuitive and favors the construction of free-floating formal models. If that’s your approach, your resistance to rationally-developed flights of fancy is reduced.


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