North Atlantic Books
August 29, 2003
“As an embryo is differentiating into a being, what recruits unruly molecules out of the vast anonymous entropy of nature into the extraordinary cyclonic motifs known as life? What kindles mind inside sheets of matter?
“Scientists claim that probabilistic sets of equations underlie DNA, organizing and evolving through random selective processes and expressing themselves as genes and proteins. But what motivated atoms to make genes in the first place? Why is the universe conscious?
“These are questions that fundamentalist sciences and religions, each in their own ways, pretend to answer while never even asking.”
[cover note by John Montgomery, author of The Kerouac We Knew]
A graduate of Amherst College, Richard Grossinger received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, writing an ethnography of fishing in Maine. He is the author of many books, including Planet Medicine; The Night Sky; Embryogenesis: Species, Gender, and Identity; Homeopathy: The Great Riddle; New Moon; and Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger’s. He and his wife Lindy Hough are the founding publishers of North Atlantic books in Berkeley, California.