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Me and the Biospheres: A Memoir by the Inventor of Biosphere 2 von [Allen, John]
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"The Biosphere 2 project was surely one of the great scientific and technological enterprises of our time. Building a working model of the Earth's biosphere is essential preparation for the coming era of space travel and manned exploration of other worlds" Ralph Metzner, Ph. D., Author of The Unfold


2009 Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Biography/Memoir, Me and the Biospheres is the definitive autobiography of John P. Allen, inventor of the largest laboratory for global ecology ever built and one of the most luminous minds of our time. Contained within a magnificently designed air-tight glass-and-steel-framed setting, Biosphere 2 covered three acres of Arizona desert and included models of seven biomes: an ocean with coral reef, marsh, rainforest, savannah, desert, farm and a micro-city. Eight people lived inside this structure for two years (1991-1993) and set world records in human life support while monitoring their impact on the environment and providing crucial data for future manned missions into outer space. Anyone concerned with the current world trajectory will identify with Allen's uplifting account of the most ambitious environmental experiment ever undertaken. Humorous and Whitmanesque, Me and the Biospheres is a tribute to the ingenuity and dauntlessness of the human mind and a passionate call to reawaken to the beauty of our peerless home, Biosphere 1, the Earth.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Inspiration 6. Januar 2014
Von Guy - Veröffentlicht auf
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Reading this book one alternates between feelings of incredulity and inspiration that one human being could accomplish so much in one lifetime and feelings of inadequacy on recognising that one's life up to now has been relatively empty compared to that of this remarkable man - and I would suggest that 99% of people on the planet would feel the same way as it is almost inconceivable that there could be many other beings existing so blessed with such many and varied talents as John Allen.

However the book for me does have a slight feeling of being a missed opportunity - there is relatively little personal, anecdotal material and quite a lot of expounding on more abstract theoretical subject matter, albeit presented in a way that is easy to understand for the layperson or non-scientist. Characters come and go without the reader being given a sense of who these people really were to Allen on a personal level, as much as he may praise their skills in aiding his various projects. In a way he seems to be entranced by his own brilliance, and I would not be in the least surprised if he had that effect on other people too; however it can leave the reader longing for a more personal take on his relationships with the other key characters in the book, such as Marie Harding, who co-designed his eventual mega-project, Biosphere 2. At no stage does one really get a sense of what she is like as a person - it could well be a conscious decision on the author's part to not include much more intimate detail in order to protect the privacy of those he is writing about, and his own, but it does give the reader a feeling of seeing the events at a distance, carefully wrapped in theory.

The book builds up, via various intriguing projects all over the world, to the eventual climax of the creation of Biosphere 2. There is a great deal about biospheric theory and discussion of the flora and fauna which were selected for this ultra-ambitious project, but once the two year experiment called Mission One begins, there is relatively little detail given, and that which is given, is of a relentlessly positive nature. I am aware that the whole Biosphere 2 project attracted a great deal of criticism, most of it apparently unjustified, by mainstream scientists who seemed to be threatened by the groundbreaking nature of the experiment, and possibly were jealous of Allen and co.'s almost superhuman achievements in getting the thing built in the first place. Allen intended Biosphere 2 as the new paradigm shifter, the 'Galileo's Telescope' of the 20th Century (and the centuries to come), and it may well eventually have something of that effect, however the criticism he received seems to have made him wary about putting into the book anything which could be considered 'negative' and so potentially amusing or grounding material about challenges faced during Mission One is kept to a bare minimum in place of justifications of why the experiment was so vital and so successful. It seems one will have to read other books to get a real sense of the Mission One experiment itself. The fallout which lead to Biosphere 2 being taken out of Allen's control and its (in his eyes) important mission compromised, is also rather glossed over.

All that said, this is a very enjoyable book, and it is a privilege to spend time in the company of a man so brilliant and so rounded in his ways of thinking. It is a rare person who can encompass the perspective of a poet, an actor, a scientist, an ex-soldier, an entrepreneur, an explorer of multiple territories both inner and outer, and be someone who apparently excels at all of these and more. 'Me And The Biospheres' is an inspiration to all and proof that a life can be fully lived if one has enough determination and the pioneer spirit which Allen both admires and exemplifies.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every Biosphere needs a Da Vinci 27. August 2013
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I saw Biosphere II when it was on the drawing boards, as it was being built, in mid-operation, at the end of the experiment, and all the sequels. It's simple folks. You have to be a stone cold genius hypnotist artist metallurgist with a Harvard MBA and the ability to round up a posse, an atelier, of characters straight out of the studios to have actualized one of the greatest "installations" of modern art in the 20th century. No kidding.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful work of an egomaniac 7. September 2011
Von Edwin Desteiguer Snead - Veröffentlicht auf
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Lots of beautiful pictures. It is amazing that such a structure was built, especially without government money. I wondered about the importance of impromtu theartical performance. The author mentioned himself and his girl friend thousands of times, but said very little about the eight people who lived and worked in it for two years.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 22. Januar 2016
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excellent, quick delivery
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book for anyone interested in the world, how it works, and one man's vision of how to save it 16. Januar 2009
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This book recounts the singular life of John Allen, although by the end of the book you'll be convinced that he lived dozens of lives. Allen recounts his travels around the planet - Egypt, Vietnam, Nepal, Tibet, India - and the countless life-changing/enhancing experiences he has, from building concert halls in Texas to running from danger deep in the Vietnam jungles, from Harvard to Sufi sages. Along the way he meets and befriends like-minds such as Buckminster Fuller, William Burroughs, and Ornette Coleman.

The real thrust of this book, however, is not in the story of Allen's life (although it is fascinating) but in the realization of his vision - Biosphere 2. Biosphere 2 is a world under glass in the Arizona desert. Designed to be a self-sustaining environment, this 3 acre structure housed seven biomes - from rain forest to desert, and even a farm and a micro-city. Biosphere 2 was designed to eventually lead to similar structures existing on the moon or other planets. This massive experiment was Allen's dream for over 20 years before it became a reality and 8 people lived inside it for 2 years in the early '90s.

Before reading this book I had only the vaguest ideas of what the words biosphere, ethnosphere and noosphere meant, not to mention passion, invention, and determination. After reading it I am far more informed and inspired to keep learning and even take action as we tackle, as it reads on the book jacket, the "Global Warming Blues."

We're going to need more people like Allen in the future - passionate, unwavering, independent thinkers and philosophers - to get us through the coming years. Read this book if you want to know what it means to really love the planet and people that you owe everything to.
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