Well, that was an intriguing read, and much more nuanced than I was expecting it to be. This book is a relic from E’s days studying geology, when they had to engage with this as a possible theory of the world. Lovelock’s premise (which will be the title of my next album) is that instead of viewing the world as merely a planet with some stuff on it, we should consider the world as Gaia:
the hypothesis that the entire range of living matter on earth, from whales to viruses, and from oaks to algae, could be regarded as constituting a single living entity capable of manipulating the Earth’s atmosphere to suit its overall needs, and endowed with faculties and powers far beyond those of its constituent parts.
Now, this may sound a bit out there to those of us not into ecology, but the book was genuinely interesting and…
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