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Life follows its logic of transformations and its unique ability to pulse the planet. Life follows its logic of transformations and its unique ability to pulse the planet. The existence of life, as we know it on this planet, is the result of a series of processes that operate from an extraplanetary to an intracellular scale, in a web of interdependencies and deep connections.

This web, in one way or another, is present in the ancestral knowledge of many peoples around the planet. All living beings contribute, play an active role and participate somehow in the construction of the whole. More specifically, visible and invisible beings also influence processes such as the tides, the rain, the topography or the temperature of the planet.

For Western science, this line of thinking is relatively recent. It was in the last century, with works such as Vladimir Vernadsky's book Biosphere and researchers such as James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, that the notion that we live not just in a sphere, but in an active, pulsating biosphere became more popular. The rocky mass of our planet is covered in life, and this life directly influences its physical and chemical processes, regulating the conditions for its existence to remain possible.

No life form, therefore, exists in isolation. Living is a collective act. Life exists as a web.


In this online cycle, we start from the work of Vladimir Vernadsky to investigate the biosphere and its processes.

The cycle includes 4 recorded meetings, Notebooks Selvagem and other complementary materials, which can be accessed via the icons on this page.

We also recommend reading the book Biosfera, de Vladimir Vernadsky.

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