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Gaia, the practical science of planetary medicine

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Published by Gaia Books in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Geobiology -- Philosophy.,
  • Gaia hypothesis.,
  • Biosphere.,
  • Ecology -- Philosophy.,
  • Nature -- Effect of human beings on.,
  • Environmental protection.

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesPractical science of planetary medicine.
    StatementJames Lovelock.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsQH343.4 .L69 1991b
    The Physical Object
    Pagination192 p. :
    Number of Pages192
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL1662919M
    ISBN 10185675040X
    LC Control Number91227159

    In I was asked to rewrite this dimension as part of a collaboration between Gaia Education and the Open University of Catalunya UOC and in I revised it again into this current version. A scheme similar to that proposed by Lovelock and Rapley is already being independently developed by a commercial company. Most of the book is, like the two others, taken up with an explanation of Gaia and her feedbacks. Lovelock is a brilliant writer, who easily outperforms most of those who attempt to convey his ideas to a wide audience.

    I propose instead that we learn to live with the Earth as a part of it; by managing ourselves, and by humbly taking and giving the gifts that sustain all of us on this planet. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while. In I was asked to rewrite this dimension as part of a collaboration between Gaia Education and the Open University of Catalunya UOC and in I revised it again into this current version. But the majority of practising Earth and life scientists are specialists and even though they know that the conventional wisdom is wrong, they continue to take their views of the Earth from it.

    Wild plants and animals do not perceive radiation as dangerous, and any slight reduction it may cause in their lifespans is far less a hazard than is the presence of people and their pets Life, however, might be forced to migrate en masse to remain in habitable climes [26]. These are for you to find for yourself, using your own judgement on how to moderate your demands on the Earth, and yet enjoy life. ISBN The sulphur story is awfully convoluted, and William of Occam would have cut it to shreds with his razor.


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Gaia, the practical science of planetary medicine book

It represents the most comprehensive analysis of our origins, our reasons for existence, and our likely future. He is generous even about his most virulent critics, such as Richard Dawkins, who have stung him into expounding his almost intuitive idea more rigorously. This is the kind of burden, slavery, I have in mind when I say there is no worse fate for humans than to so disable the Earth that to survive they must take on the task of running the planet.

Instead, in our optimism we imagine that if we could manage ourselves and the Earth well enough we could, somehow, find ways to cope with a doubling lifespan, or a doubling of population. Since galaxies, stars, planets, organisms, cells, molecules, atoms and sub-atomic particles all fit this definition, this implies that life is the fundamental process of the cosmos, a self-creating living whole with self-creating living components in co-creative interaction.

We have made progress but we are still far from understanding the Earth as a system. This is a model of a simple world consisting of black and white daisies that could, using straightforward Darwinian selection, modify their environment to ensure their own survival. You can survive, even live a normal life, but only by taking care to monitor your intakes of salt and water.

But the nearest doomsday scenario offered here would take 30 years. The art and science of model building has matured in the [last] ten years.

Lovelock argued that Daisyworld, although a parable, illustrates how conventional natural selection operating on individual organisms can still produce planetary-scale homeostasis. In his view, nuclear energy is the only realistic alternative to fossil fuels that has the capacity to both fulfill the large scale energy needs of mankind while also reducing greenhouse emissions.

Will it not poison the whole biosphere and persist for millions of years? InLovelock distanced himself from these conclusions, saying he had "gone too far" in describing the consequences of climate change over the next century in this book.

Most of all, he says, it's about everybody "absolutely doing their utmost to sustain civilization, so that it doesn't degenerate into Dark Ages, with warlords running things, which is a real danger. In the same way, you do not need me to tell you all the positive actions you could take-from planting trees wherever you can, to helping clean up the environment where you live and work.

Lovelock's autobiography Lovelock, James In Lovelock received a D. Lovelock is generous in his praise for scientists who have helped Gaia along her way.

James Lovelock

The Gaia Hypothesis posits that the Earth is alive-a self regulating organism in its own right. She is now through us awake and aware of herself. However, in the biological case, ecological competition between "daisy" species with different albedo values produces a homeostatic effect on global temperature.

The collection also has two photographic portraits by Nick Sinclair and Paul Tozer It is a simpler, more restrained version than before. One of the striking things about places heavily contaminated by radioactive nuclides is the richness of their wildlife.Apr 24,  · Gaia is simply symbiosis seen from space” (Sagan & Margulis,p).

Lovelock has described Gaia theory as planetary physiology or as “a practical science of planetary medicine Author: Daniel Christian Wahl. The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine, p. “Gaia as metaphor; Gaia as a catalyst for scientific inquiry; Gaia as literal truth; Gaia as Earth Goddess.

Whoever she is, let's keep her. If science cannot find room for the grand vision, if Gaia dare not speak her name in Nature, then shame on science. Even Lovelock () himself in a table of his book “Gaia: the practical science of planetary medicine” specified that, beyond many analogous life processes, the only difference among a bacterium, a mammal, a tree and Gaia is the absence of reproduction in the atlasbowling.com by: 1.

Jan 30,  · A treasure from my library. I am deeply grateful for having had a chance to learn from James Lovelock himself during my time on the Masters in Holistic Science at Author: Daniel Christian Wahl.

Lovelock, James E. Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine. London, Draws attention to the similarity between Gaian and physiological self-regulation. Lovelock, James E. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth.

Oxford, Second revised edition of the book in which Lovelock proposed the Gaia theory. Lovelock, James E. atlasbowling.com: Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine () by Lovelock, James and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices/5(71).