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Living with the StarsHow the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars$
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Karel Schrijver and Iris Schrijver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727439.001.0001

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The Illusion of Permanence

The Illusion of Permanence

(p.1) 1 The Illusion of Permanence
Living with the Stars

Karel Schrijiver

Iris Schrijiver

Oxford University Press

This chapter contrasts the appearance of a long-lasting human form with the transient nature of all that it is comprised of: almost all of the cells that shape the body die within weeks to years, to be replaced by new generations time and again. The human body is a pattern, like a cloud, a traffic jam, or a city. The cycles of continual decay and renewal are seen throughout the world around us, in the biosphere, in the evolution of continents, and in the lives of stars. This hierarchy of cycles connects all that is within us and renders the question “How old are you?” unanswerable. Stardust from the universe is actually flowing through us on a daily basis, and it creates successive generations of stars and planets as much as it does cells within our bodies, rebuilding us over and over again

Keywords:   cell, star, universe, human body, cycle, biosphere

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