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Archive: January 2011

If you like NOVA, the Discovery Channel or National Geographic...


....You will love this!  


Lewiston Adult Education will be holding two free lecture/slide presentations: 

  • Monday, January 31: Systems Sciences I : Science, Models & Intuition - an introduction to the basic principles of systems sciences, including chaos theory & fractal geometry
  • Tuesday, February 1: Our Living Earth : An Introduction to the Science of Geophysiology (Gaia Theory)

Lectures are from 6:00 – 8:00 pm both evenings, followed by Q&A.

These lectures are free introductory overviews for two 6-week courses that will be offered through Lewiston Adult Education (156 East Ave, Lewiston). Ideal for those who enjoy NOVA or the Discovery Channel, these lectures will be interesting, informative and entertaining. Detailed descriptions are included below.

Given by Alder Stone Fuller, PhD., an independent college-level educator, the lectures and courses are relevant and accessible to virtually everyone, regardless of background. This is not the science that you studied in high school or college, but as different as day from night. The concepts and principles addressed have been discovered and investigated by Earth's greatest systems scientists, life scientists and climatologists. They are interdisciplinary, holistic (focus on wholes), and awe-inspiring, and will help you understand everyday life and reality regardless of your interests - whether social, political, economic or the 'natural world'. They elegantly, succinctly and almost intuitively explain "how things work" – nature, human bodies and cultures, ecosystems, economics, climate systems and climate change ... everything.

After the lectures, interested participants may register for the classes, but attendance at the free introductory lectures does not require commitment to the courses. Should you choose to join the courses, fees are $67 per course.

Here is a down-loadable pdf describing these two courses with course outlines, plus description and outline of a third course - Systems Sciences II - to begin March 28 as follow up to Systems Sciences I.

You may visit the instructor's web site at for more information about these courses and his other seminars, courses and consulting services.


Systems Sciences I: Science, Models & Intuition

Mondays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, beginning with free overview on Monday, 1/31.

This introduction to the systems sciences will help you understand your everyday life, health and nature in profound and awe-inspiring new ways. This is not the science you had in school, but links all sciences together in nearly intuitive ways. The course addresses sophisticated but accessible topics including: science as a way of knowing; networks (systems); feedbacks; non-linearity; tipping points (critical thresholds); the edges of chaos; fractals and cellular automata. It will appeal to science readers or those who enjoy the Discovery Channel, NOVA, or National Geographic - but is relevant to everyone - yet the topics are accessible even to those with little or no science background. For more information on Alder Fuller and the material to be covered, visit


Our Living Earth: An Introduction to Gaia Theory

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, beginning with free overview on Tuesday, 2/1.

Gaia theory is a new branch of biology studying Earth as a living system with a planetary-scale metabolism and homeostasis. That is, complex linkages between air, water, soil, ice caps and ecosystems regulate the temperature and the chemical composition of Earth's atmosphere and oceans automatically in a way that cannot be explained by physics and chemistry alone, much like your own homeostasis. Through Gaia as metaphor, it is possible to glimpse the organic unity of the Earth. In both its scientific & metaphoric aspects, this new view of the Earth provides the foundation for a new cultural map that can guide us in the planetary era. This course is based on the book Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia by Stephen Harding, the most interesting and accessible introduction to Gaia theory available. It is open to anyone with any background, scientific or not. Text: Animate Earth: Science, Intuition & Gaia.




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