2The earth viewed as a vast self-regulating organism.
1970s: coined by James Lovelock, at the suggestion of the writer William Golding, from the name of the goddess Gaia
- He advocated its use to alter the insect life of earth in order to venture beyond the homeostasis concept to the mythical state of Gaia.
- But the life span of Gaia has to be measured in hundreds of millions, even in billions, of years.
- If Gaia didn't luck upon the right system for that problem on the first try, things would quickly become grim.
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