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Embryogenesis: From Cosmos to Creature: The Origins of Human Biology

Grossinger, Richard

 Anthropologist Grossinger undertakes to describe what takes place as an organism grows from its first cell. He himself says he offers a description not of who we are but what we are. He covers both ontogeny and phylogeny, i.e., the development of an individual person and the evolution of the human species, respectively. The entire work is the embodiment of a vision of wholeness, much of it beautifully as well as intricately expressed in this passage: "In the embryo we become what life on Earth is; we become animal and then we become human. We share this collective consciousness or unconsciousness with every other human being, and we share parts of it with all the other life forms on the Earth. Billionfold cell junctions and gut, axons and hemoglobin are what we are all about, and from this gnosis we come together separately to build a world" (p. 354).
Publisher Information:Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1986. 416p. Bibl: 389-399; Chap. bibl: 361-385; 23 illus; Index: 410-416
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