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Green Mars

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In his trilogy of Red, Green and Blue Mars, Robinson treats the tensions of environmental change with extensive, detailed scientific knowledge and acute political awareness. Reading Green Mars gives concrete meaning to the term "terraforming". He reviews the conflicting arguments and gives them flesh in the personalities and characters of their proponents.To read this trilogy is to become acutely aware of the fact that change brings both distruction of old ways and the evolution of new ways. It underlines the importance of adaptation and flexibility. It also stresses the point that at these maco levels of change,randomness and environmental pressures exert considerable pressure on the process of change. The trilogy is an examination of the complex of scientific, psychological, economic, political,social, and philosophical impact environmental change has on us all
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Catwatching

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In about 60 very short chapters, in question and answer form, Desmond Morris, explains the natural and adapted behavior of cats in terms that even dog-people can understand. Watching cats and trying to relate their behavior to basic science and bahavioral principles has been the famed zoologists passion since childhood; the breadth and depth of his understanding of animals is evident. This is not a 'cat care' book, it is merely a collection of random bit of information - but fascinating and informative nonetheless. Except for a couple of inappropriate and irrelevant remarks (as on page 11)he makes the cats behavior understandable, hopefully to the benefit of both the cats and we, whom they let live with them. [** because it is not an organized text, just a collection of Q & A.]
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