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THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
The origin of sunlight
The origin of planet Earth
The origin of the living cell
The Thermophilic Regime
PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND FREE OXYGEN
The origin of photosynthesis
Sunlight-driven energy technology
The Phototrophic Regime
AND THE FACE OF THE EARTH CHANGED
Two grand carbon cycles
The self-inflicted crisis
THE ORIGIN OF AEROBIC RESPIRATION
The origin of breathable air
Global oxygen crisis
Aerobic respiration
Oxygen-driven energy technology
MICROBIAL SYMBIOSIS
The origin of the eukaryotic cell design
The microbial energy majors
The Aerobic Regime
Biological diversification
Ecological growth
The changing landscape
Competition and adaptation
THE ORIGIN OF HOMINIDS
It needed a crisis
The origin of human culture
The quest for the human advantage
MAN THE FIRE MASTER
The human advantage
The origin of fire
Active use of fire
The Pyrocultural Regime
Societal metabolism
The Symbolisational Signal
A changing lifestyle
And life changed the land
MAN THE SOLAR FARMER
The AgriculturalRevolution
The forces that shaped the revolution
The AgroculturalRegime
The emergence of competing energy chains
A NEW REALITY EMERGES
The QuantificationalSignal
The ScientificRevolution
From farms to nation states
The growing human footprint
HYDROCARBON MAN
The agrocultural energy crisis
The dawn of ancient sunlight
The Carbocultural Regime
THE CARBIAN EXPLOSION
An explosion of competing energy chains
Electric energy as information carrier
Carbocultural non-fossil energy chains
Sensitive scientific senses
The surging human footprint
From fire master to fire addict
ENERGY REGIMES
The foundation of the Staircase model
The rise and fall of complexity
THE EVOLUTION OF INFORMATION
Generating information
From genes to memes and artefacts
SOCIO-TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
The rhythm of societal development
The pushes and pulls of progress
THE EVOLUTION OF SYSTEM EARTH
SIGNS OF A COMING ENERGY REVOLUTION
The Macroscopical Signal
Two perceptions of reality
Leaving Carbon Valley
Nuclear Valley
Green Valley
Sustainable development
Limits to nuclear
Limits to green
Symbian Man
The Helio-Energy Revolution
Sun Valley
Socio-metabolic complexes
AND THE FACE OF THE EARTH WILL CHANGE
Energy,Complexity and Evolution
THE NATURE OF ENERGY
ENERGY-DRIVEN ORGANISATION
References
Glossary
Index
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Energy, Engine of Evolution (Niele, F.)

Energy, Engine of Evolution (Niele, F.)

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