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The Gaia Hypothesis [Reading] ➿ The Gaia Hypothesis By Michael Ruse – In 1965 English scientist James Lovelock had a flash of insight the Earth is not just teeming with life; the Earth in some sense is life He mulled this revolutionary idea over for several years first In English scientist James Lovelock had a flash of insight the Earth is not just teeming with life; the Earth in some sense is life He mulled this revolutionary idea over for several years first with his close friend the novelist William Golding and then in an extensive collaboration with the American scientist Lynn Margulis In the early s he finally went public with The Gaia Hypothesis the idea that everything happens for an end the good The Gaia PDF or of planet Earth Lovelock and Margulis were scorned by professional scientists but the general public enthusiastically embraced Lovelock and his hypothesis People joined Gaia groups; churches had Gaia services sometimes with new music written especially for the occasion There was a Gaia atlas Gaia gardening Gaia herbs Gaia retreats Gaia networking and much And the range of enthusiasts was—and still is—broad           In The Gaia Hypothesis philosopher Michael Ruse with his characteristic clarity and wit uses Gaia and its history its supporters and detractors to illuminate the nature of science itself Gaia emerged in the s a decade when authority was uestioned and status and dignity stood for nothing but its story is much older Ruse traces Gaia’s connection to Plato and a long history of goal directed and holistic—or organicist—thinking and explains why Lovelock and Margulis’s peers rejected it as pseudoscience But Ruse also shows why the project was a success He argues that Lovelock and Margulis should be commended for giving philosophy firm scientific basis and for provoking important scientific discussion about the world as a whole its homeostasis or—in this age of global environmental uncertainty—its lack thereof           Melding the world of science and technology with the world of feeling mysticism and religion The Gaia Hypothesis will appeal to a broad range of readers from students and scholars of the history and philosophy of science to anyone interested in New Age culture.

10 thoughts on “The Gaia Hypothesis

  1. Bart Everson Bart Everson says:

    I've long been fascinated with the Gaia hypothesis I've been curious about the scientific angle as well as the broader cultural import of Gaia I've read some of Lovelock's popular work as well of some of his critics However I lack the necessary training to follow the technical discourse in scientific journals Therefore I read this book by Michael Ruse with great relish Perhaps you're familiar with the academic discipline known as the History and Philosophy of Science? That's his approach and it is comprehensive going all the way back to Thales and Plato Especially Plato Always coming back to Plato It's like an obsession He also doesn't shy away from venturing outside the domain of science to consider Pagans like Oberon Ravenheart Zell though his humor seems a bit patronizingWhat I gained most here was a better understanding of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis their work and their personalities how they collaborated on the idea of Gaia and what their individual contributions and differences were how the work was received by the larger scientific community how they responded and how all this has evolved over time right up to the present day I also learned a nifty new word hylozoism the idea that the world or the universe is alive As Ruse would have it there's a deep and fundamental divide with mechanistic Darwinians on one side and organismic Platonists on the other The Platonists argue for a hylozoic perspective The Darwinians are agin itI'm not sure I buy it all though it's hard to argue with Ruse's erudition I can't help but wonder Is a non Platonic hylozoism possible?Because Ruse delves so deeply into the history of scientific thought one gains insight into just what's at stake with Gaia why people react to it so strongly and why the controversy isn't liable to go away

  2. Zachary Zachary says:

    While getting too technical and dry in places The Gaia Hypothesis remains a solid and readable exploration of the story of the titular hypothesis It provides a good explication of the personalities of Lovelock and Margulis and the intellectual currents that led them to their controversial hypothesis of the biosphere as behaving as a single self regulating organism The chief focus however is Ruse' attempt to understand why the public so embraced the hypothesis while the scientific establishment greeted it with scorn at best In short the Gaia hypothesis spoke and speaks to a deep current of thought in philosophy religion and approach to nature going back to Plato and earlier that sees and seeks to understand the world as a sinuous whole while science has developed primarily along lines of mechanism and reductionism In short the Gaia hypothesis was born with considerable though not necessarily understood metaphysical baggage that made it suited for the environmental consciousness and desire to understand humanity as part of a whole of the time while being rather poor science I have heard critics of the book complain that Ruse is too sympathetic to the hypothesis but I don't think this is so Ruse is a philosopher with strong but fairly conventional views and deep understanding of science but he is a man who always tries to understand the subject with which he is dealing and the mindset and world view from which it is born I think the fact that he tries to understand without dismissing out of hand is often mistaken for acceptance He clearly sympathizes with Lovelock and Margulis but not so much I think with the Gaia hypothesis as science That is my read at least All in all an enlightening if sometimes difficult read

  3. SeaShore SeaShore says:

    I never read anything by Ruse but found this book in my research of Gaia The author wraps up the history of Gaia pointing out that the idea of Gaa existed long before James Lovelock To me he makes Lovelock seem small and Lynn Margulis even smallerRuse uotes from other scientists such as Brockman 1995 who agrees the Earth is an ecosystem not an organism Brockman explains why Lovelock might have used the word Organism to get people thinking It is interesting that William Golding and Lovelock were neighbours and had pub nights 'chattering away' Gaia or what? Never having been fascinated with novel Lord of the Flies my interest is even less now Ruse speculates on what might have happened if Richard Dawkins and Lovelock were neighbours Why did Lovelock take so long he is in his 90s now to speak his truths? Perhaps money and finances; perhaps his family responsibilities taking care of his disabled sonSee Sébastien Dutreuil writing in the halarchives or Dreamers Visionaries and Revolutionaries in the Life Sciences by Oren Solomon Harman

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