Elisabet Sahtouris – USA & Greece

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Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolution biologist, futurist, author, and consultant to organizations. Sahtouris is a member of the World Wisdom Council and a fellow of the World Business Academy. She is a citizen of the United States and of Greece, with a Canadian Ph.D. … (full text).

She says: “I think it was during my postdoctoral fellowship, when I was in Manhattan in New York City and saw so many social problems — people who were becoming homeless, being evicted, breathing foul air. I caused some unrest at the Museum of Natural History because they had paid a lot of money to do a very expensive pollution exhibit. This was around 1969. At the same time, the museum was belching black smoke all over northern Manhattan so women couldn’t hang their laundry out in the vicinity. I pointed out the contradiction between their pollution exhibit and what they were doing themselves. So there were many little lessons in seeing that science has such blinders on that it does not relate itself to the larger society”. (full text).

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Elisabet Sahtouris – USA & Greece

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In her unique approach, called Living Systems Design, Sahtouris applies the principles of biology and evolution to organizational development so that organizations may become more functional, healthy living systems, with increased resilience, stability, and cooperation.

Sahtouris is one of a select group of scientists rethinking the classic, mechanistic view of the universe. Her particular goal is to create sustainable health and well-being for humanity within the larger living systems of Earth. Sahtouris´s books include: EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution (2000), A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us (1998), and Biology Revisioned, co-authored with Willis Harman (1998) … (full text).

About her book: ‘Why True Globalization Depends on New Scientific Models‘, 2006.

She has been invited to China by the Chinese National Science Association, organized Earth Celebration 2000 in Athens, Greece, and has been a United Nations consultant on indigenous peoples. She was a participant in the Humanity 3000 dialogues of the Foundation for the Future and in the Synthesis Dialogues with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. She consults with corporations and government organizations in Australia, Brazil, and the United States. Dr. Sahtouris completed her postdoctoral work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught at the University of Massachusetts and MIT. She was a science writer for the Horizon/Nova television series. She has lived extensively in Greece and the Peruvian Andes. She promotes a vision she believes will result in the sustainable health and well-being of humanity within the larger living systems of Earth and the cosmos. Gaia seminars and co-work with James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis. (full text).

She says also: “Jim Lovelock is an atmospheric scientist from England. He proposed that the earth was a living, self-organizing entity, and called it Gaia after the Greek name of the original goddess of creation who became the earth itself. I differ a little bit from Lovelock and Margulis in how I talk about Gaia because I never call it either a hypothesis (which is what they first called it) or a theory. To me it is a conceptualization of the earth as alive, to replace our conceptualization of the earth as an array of mechanisms. It’s part of the transition in general from a mechanical worldview to an organic worldview, to see the world as alive. For me it’s alive by definition. I use the definition of life which was proposed by two biologists from South America, Maturana and Varela, which goes by the name of autopoiesis. Autopoiesis is a Greek word, of course, meaning literally “self-creation.” The definition goes: A living entity is any entity that constantly creates itself. This really distinguishes it from a mechanism, because a machine is not constantly creating itself. In fact, if it changes itself at all it’s probably broken and you would rather it didn’t do that; while a living thing is always changing, or it’s dead. So, it’s a onceptualization, not a hypothesis or a theory. Within that conceptualization, that scientific framework, you would propose hypotheses or make theories about how it functions. (full text).

(She) … teaches sustainable business and globalization as a natural evolutionary process … (full text).

She teaches in the Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA program on sustainable business and is a fellow of the World Business Academy. Dr. Sahtouris has been a UN consultant on indigenous peoples, is a co-founder of the Worldwide Indigenous
science Network and has authored a scientific model of a living cosmos (see this link under Articles). She lived extensively in Greece and the Peruvian Andes, discovering solutions to our big social and economic problems in Earth’s ecosystems and indigenous sciences. Her venues have included The World Bank, EPA, Boeing, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Tokyo Dome Stadium, Australian National Govt, Sao Paulo’s leading business schools, State of the World Forums (NY & San Francisco) and World Parliament of Religion, South Africa. Her books include EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution, A Walk Through Time: from Stardust to Us and Biology Revisioned (with Willis Harman). Her websites are Sahtouris.com and ratical.org.

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Living Systems in Evolution;

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Ming the Mechanic.

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