James E. Lovelock


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July 26, 1919

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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.

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Gaia: A New Look at Life on...

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The Revenge of Gaia

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The Vanishing Face of Gaia:...

3.82 avg rating — 571 ratings — published 2009 — 16 editions
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The Ages of Gaia: A Biograp...

3.83 avg rating — 274 ratings — published 1988 — 13 editions
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A Rough Ride to the Future

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Gaia and the Theory of the ...

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Gaia: The Practical Science...

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Homage to Gaia: The Life of...

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EarthDance: Living Systems ...

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James Lovelock et al: The E...

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“We are the intelligent elite among animal life on earth and whatever our mistakes, [Earth] needs us. This may seem an odd statement after all that I have said about the way 20th century humans became almost a planetary disease organism. But it has taken [Earth] 2.5 billion years to evolve an animal that can think and communicate its thoughts. If we become extinct she has little chance of evolving another.”
James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

“Others consider us superior because of our cultured ways and intellectual tendencies; our technology lets us drive cars, use word processors and travel great distances by air. Some of us live in air-conditioned houses and we are entertained by the media. We think that we are more intelligent than stone-agers, yet how many modern humans could live successfully in caves, or would know how to light wood fires for cooking, or make clothes and shoes from animal skins or bows and arrows good enough to keep their families fed?”
James Lovelock, The Revenge of Gaia

“The idea that humans are yet intelligent enough to serve as stewards of the Earth is among the most hubristic ever.”
James Lovelock, The Revenge of Gaia

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