2The earth viewed as a vast self-regulating organism (see Gaia hypothesis).
- 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.
Greek, 'Earth'. Gaia (sense 2) was coined by James Lovelock, at the suggestion of the writer William Golding.
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