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Life as Energy

Opening the Mind to a New Science of Life

May 2011
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st May 2011
  • ISBN 9780863157974
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.

To many modern scientists, a living thing is not significantly different from a lifeless object, understood in terms of its basic parts (genes and molecules). Whereas science has given us many wonderful things, it has also taken away something essential—our ability to consider life seriously as a unique form of energy.

Alexis Pietak, an exciting new scientific thinker, argues that the “livingness” of a life form is a very real kind of energy that we must recognize along with other kinds of energy such as heat and light. In this book, Dr. Pietak builds an entirely new, holistic and rational science of life that could significantly enhance our understanding of individual life forms, ecological systems, and even human sustainability on our planet.

This original and groundbreaking book highlights a crucial missing element in mainstream science.

“Masterpiece of a brilliant young mind, Life as Energy exquisitely illustrates the elemental links between the hidden dynamics of energy physics, the connecting creativity of our planet's living web, and the unhappy yearnings of our now profoundly out-of-place human lives. Advancing the vision of such masterworks as James Lovelock's Gaia and D'arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form, the world needs more of Dr. Pietak's work soon.”
Dr. S. J. Goerner, Director, The Integral Science Institute, author of After the Clockwork Universe 

“Life as Energy is a wide ranging, well written, and readable book drawing important parallels between physics concepts such as energy and quantum mechanics system states and the characteristics of complex living systems. The result is a novel framework that helps make sense of biological life cycles, ecology, and sustainable interactions with our environments. I am most impressed by the clarity and breadth of the many concepts Life as Energy explains at a level accessible to a general reader.”
Michael Sayer, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Queen’s University, Canada

“Dr Pietak gives us a renewed appreciation for the awe-inspiring, perplexing features of living systems and demonstrates how we can utilize ‘imaginative rationality’ in their scientific comprehension. She also suggests how these alternative perspectives can be applied in the fields of ecology, agriculture and healthcare. Dr Pietak gifts us with a way to make a powerful difference in how we live and how we relate with ecosystems and the entire planet.”
Ruth Parnell, Nexus

“The book treats a combination of in-depth biology and science, and can therefore be recommended to those who are interested in quantum physics.”
Juul Hochsentbach, Choice Point Magazine 

“Life as Energy is a bold, ambitious and visionary attempt to again shake biology out of the materialistic doldrums. Pietak is not the first to suggest the need for a ‘New Science of Life,’ but she is definitely among a rather small community of pioneers, and her contributions in this book are innovative, important and ‘imaginative’ in the best sense of the word.”
Prof. Martin Lockley, Scientific and Medical Network Review

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction: Singing the Green

1. Ghosts in Our Oceans of Thought
2. Life and Things Living
3. A Swim in the Ocean of Thoughts
4. A Walk in the Mind Garden
5. Organic Mechanics
6. Seeds for a New Ecology
7. Harmoniously Human


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Alexis Pietak

Alexis Mari Pietak, Ph.D., is a biophysicist, biomedical scientist, and author. She divides her time between the ocean-lapped shores of Dunedin, New Zealand, and the deciduous woodlands of Kingston, Ontario.