S and mental states worsening due to lack of calories and oxygen i truly of calories oxygen I wonder truly humanity be able to function inon other worlds if these are the sorts of conditions they re likely to face And how much worse would it be on the Moon or Mars where a benign world and infrastructure civilization are not close at hand to bail out a future settlement Space advocates need to read this book not just for the technical lessons learned but for the social stresses and conflicts which remain unpredictable and unresolvable We are who we are and that won t change by living on another world The book gets four stars because it made me ask hard uestions of myself and the dream of living beyond Earth Oh man I am totally obsessed with Biosphere 2 again This was exactly what i needed The information on the web is pretty paltry so this was a solid behind the scenes account of what was going on I will probably need to read one book on the subject either John Allen s or Abigail Alling s There was so much contention and all the participants inside the dome and outside fell into two warring factions Jane s book seems pretty even handed and logical and I can t help but feel sympathetic to it But i think for a true understanding it s best to get multiple points of view Alling apparently was responsible for sabotaging the second mission by opening all the airlocks Which is weird since she was a Biospherian in the first mission I d love to try and understand what her logic was Also I want to go visit it ASAP an interesting account of life in Biosphere 2 by one of the inhabitants A lot of scientific stuff that bogs it down a bit but interesting overall The Human Experiment is a must read for anyone who still uestions the complexity or fragility of our planet s environmentIt s the story of eight biospherians who spent two virtually uninterrupted years in the early 90 s inside a sealed environment called Biosphere 2 Earth is Biosphere 1 designed to duplicate Earth s ecology on a smaller scale No material was allowed in or out during the entire two years All food water and even the air they breathed was produced within the 38 acre structure which had five biomes representing the most important ecological zones on Earth This is exactly the typ. N a riveting fast paced trip through shattered lives scientific discovery cults love fears of insanity and inspiring human endurance The eight biospherians who closed themselves into the Biosphere emerged 730 days later much wiser thinner and having done what many had said was impossible. ,
Interesting recap of the Biosphere II experiment Unfortunately the book is badly edited This was the worst book I have read in a long time I was so fascinated by the idea of the biosphere after seeing it in Arizona But this book was just so poorly written How the writer could take such a fascinating topic and make this so boring is incredible First it took getting through about a third of the book before we even got into the biosphere Next the most detailed writing was the lists of foods they ate which seemed copied from a journal entry Then I was so appalled at the lack of science I didn t realize the first people in the biosphere weren t scientists but instead a bunch OF PEOPLE WHO KNEW EACH OTHER FROM A THEATER people who new each other From A Theater I Could Have a theater group I could have that if the story had been better written I almost didn t finish this book but I was so interested in the subject matter I ept hoping I d get even just a small nugget of something that made it worthwhile but I ve read text books that were interesting So far 1st 2 chapters the book seems to be I grew up so rich that I didn t have experiences in Nature I grew up so rich that it was hard for me to tell my parents that I didn t want to do the career they told me to do Poor girl Next she lives in an art gallery with a bunch of hippies and studies meditation I was REALLY interested in the Biosphere 2 experience but it doesn t seem to be about that After reading other reviews that indicate there weren t SCIENTISTS in the dome just rich hippiesartistsactors I can see there s not a lot of educational value to look forwa I ve been looking into books about the actual study of people in psychologically strange circumstances This is one where eight people were closed inside a massive airtight greenhouse for two years In it coalesce the stories of hippies striving for environmental harmony hard science space age oriented unforgivably efficient agriculture human psycho drama and a science mystery thriller Now the reader may wonder how in the world is this not the top selling book of the last few decades And how can the popular discussion of ecology be just about silent on an 200 million 8400 suare metre airtight greenhouse including a sample rain forest coral reef wetlands savanna desert and an. It's a story that has never been told until now Imagine being sealed into a closed environment for two years cut off from the outside world with only seven other people enduring never ending hunger severely low levels of oxygen and extremely difficult relationships Crew members strug.