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Books by I-SIS Members

Genetic Explanations
Sense and Nonsense
Edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber

Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber gather a team of genetic experts (including Dr. Mae-Wan Ho) to argue that treating genes as master molecules of the universe is a patently unscientific endeavour. Genes are neither our destroyers nor our saviors. Genetic Explanations urges us to replace our faith in hard-wired genes with scientific knowledge about what’s really “in our DNA.”

I. New Understanding of Genetic Science
1. Ruth Hubbard, The Mismeasure of the Gene
2. Stuart Newman. Evolution is Not Mainly a Matter of Genes
3. Evelyn Fox Keller. Genes as Difference Makers
4. David S. Moore. Big B, Little b: Myth #1 is that Mendelian Genes Actually Exist
5. Stephen L. Talbott. The Myth of the Machine Organism
II. Medical Genetics
6. Eva Jablonka, Some Problems with Genetic Horoscopes
7. Carlos Sonnenschein and Ana M. Soto. Cancer Genes: The Vestigial Remains of a Fallen Theory
8. Jay Joseph and Carl Ratner. The Fruitless Search for Genes in Psychiatry and Psychology: Time to Reexamine a Paradigm
9. Carl Cranor. Assessing Genes as Causes of Human Disease in a Multi-causal World
10. Martha Herbert. Help for Autistics: The Shifting Roles of Genetics, Complexity, and Judgment
11. David Jones. The Prospects of Personalized Medicine
III. Genetics in Human Behavior and Culture
12. Jon Beckwith. The Persistent Influence of Failed Scientific Ideas
13. Susan Lindee. Map Your Own Genes! The DNA Experience
14. Shirley Shalev. The Myth of the Perfect Baby
15. William Thompson. The Potential Fallibility of Forensic DNA Evidence
16. Mae-Wan Ho. Nurturing Nature: How Parental Care Changes Genes

Sustainable Gardens by Rob Cross & Roger Spencer

Sustainable gardens introduces sustainability science applied to horticulture, and provides the necessary background on how to manage cultivated land as part of a general strategy for leading more sustainable lives in our increasingly urbanised world. It places horticulture within the complex context of ecology, environmental and social management, and practical gardening. The book begins by introducing sustainability, its relationship to landscapes and gardens, and then proceeds to chapters on sustainable garden design, sustainability in the broader landscape, landscape construction and maintenance.

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Story of Water – Source of Life by Alick Bartholomew

How water creates and sustains life, stimulating evolution, balancing the environment, constantly encouraging greater complexity and interdependence and integrity in all creation. The author summarises knowledge from mainstream science and introduces new quantum research into water and life: Schauberger, Backster, Schwenk, Mae-Wan Ho and others; proposes that the water medium is the partner of the quantum field in bringing cosmic building patterns to life forms.

“One of those rare books which bring science, spirituality and practicality into one integrated whole.” Satish Kumar, Resurgence

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Romantic Economics by Patrick Noble

Modernism in our arts, technologies and ways of life could only survive by the bounty of fossil fuels. It needs to be replaced by the new romanticism, which is at once as old as the hills. As the retail parks decay, convivial town centres revive. Civilisation is not a state, but a method. We cultivate our gardens, build our houses and love our friends. True cities emerge from agriculture. How else can they be fed?

Patrick Noble is an organic farmer from Denbigh in North Wales.

Romantic Economics, 280 pages. available at £7.50 from all good bookshops or from the author,, or telephone 01745 540207

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