Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
I read this because of my interest in science-friendly earth religion. In my other readings, and even in private meditations, I keep coming back to Gaia theory. But I didn't really understand what that theory entails. It's often described in a nutshell thusly: "The Earth can be considered as a single organism." But what does that mean, really? What does that nutshell contain?
This book has the answer. Or at least, the start of an answ ...more
If you’ve studied climate or geology or even the water cycle, you know that he’s not wrong about the s ...more
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, is certainly an apt title, as Lovelock does have a fascinating perspective with which he paints our world. His theory, the Gaia hypothesis may at first sound as if it has mystical connotations, but that is not the case, rather he i ...more
Reading Edward Wilson's "The Future of Life" served as the spark to pick up and read this book. And its true, good things do come in small packages. The book is all of 140 pages, and is written in a lean, but not glossed-over style. Robert Lovelock (to my knowledge) is the contemporary father of the study of the earth as a complete living system.
Lovelock readily admits that the book serves more to promote the dialog about our plan ...more
"When I started to write in 1974 in the unspoilt landscape of Western Ireland, it was like living in a house run by Gaia, someone who tried hard to make all her guests comfortable. I began more and more to see things through her eyes and slowly dropped off, like an old coat, my loyalty to the humanist Christian belief in the good of mankind as the only thing that mattered. I began to see us all, as port of the community of liv ...more
As I write, two Viking spacecraft are circling our fellow planet Mars, awaiting landfall instructions from the Earth. Their mission is to search for life, or evidence of life, now or long ago. This book is also about a search for life…
His questions -- how do you detect life? How do you know life on another planet when you see it?
In our efforts to explore space and its far planets we traveled far, but the real magic happene ...more
Gaia, or How the Earth is like an Oven.
James Lovelock's look at life on earth isn't new any more; it's now over thirty years old. I found it rather frustrating, but that might be because it's outside of its original context and disciplines.
The idea of Gaia is certainly a powerful one. In short, life on earth functions as the key part of a cybernetic system which regulates the planet in order to maintain conditions suitable for life. So, for example, the sun's output has fluctuated a good deal si...more
Perhaps what was so controversial, when first published and even today, was/is the implications of the meaning of it. If Gaia is a living being and we are destructive to it, we s ...more
Gaia Theory has been made more sophisticated – in the manner ...more
Which is a real shame. And a particularly irritating one because I've been wanting to read this for a while, and unsuccessfully trying to read it before. So to finally read about, at least what sounds like an interesting idea, is lame.
F@#% you Lovelock.
So basically Lovelock exports the idea, holistically, that the Earth is a single self regulating organism. A sum of the parts being greater than the whole ...more
The book starts almost like any book on creation and evolution of life; at ...more
However, I skipped over ...more
Gaia, written in a style that combines scientific research with metaphysical musings, is the elaboration of a theory or hypothesis conceived by Lovelock, together with Lynn Margulis. Essentially, it postulates that the physical and chemical condition of the surface of the Earth, of the atmosphere, and of the oceans ...more
Gaia is a book I have wanted to read for a long time. This version is the 2000 reissue with a new preface, corrections, and a further reading list of more recent book ...more
Reading this as a general interest, I read it mainly because it is just one of the ideas out there I wanted to acquaint myself with. I expected some semi-scientific account, well meaning but suspended by vague New Age sentiments. So I was suprised to find solid ...more
James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS, is an independent scientist, author, researcher, environmentalist, and futurist who lives in Devon, England. He is known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, in which he postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating system.