Xa o indicabamos nos primeiros días de curso, lembrando ao galardoado na II edición do Premio Fonseca. A figura de James Lovelock e as súas opinións deron lugar a un debate aberto no grupo "Arquimedes en Ourense 09-10". Pablo Romero -á parte de outras moitas cuestións- traballou sobre a idea de Gaia e presentou este artigo:
Gaia or Earth is alive. Designed by James Lovelock in 1969 and championed by Lynn Margulis, the “Gaia hypothesis” is a scientific model that postulates that life promotes and keeps the conditions to be suitable for itself. So, the biosphere behaves like a coherent whole-life where its characteristics feature of self-regulation delivery their appropriate conditions of temperature, chemical composition, and salinity in the oceans.
Starting from ideas of Lovelock, emerged a lot of studies, conferences, books and additions to the original theory. Its implications cover all the human knowledge in so broad aspects as the ethics, the philosophy, the psychology, the economy or the policy, all of them views from Gaia. Respect of the policy and of the culture, the most radical proposal that emanates of the hypothesis is the notion of that Gaia possesses conscience.
Its influence also covers the scientific literature, with writers as Fritjof Capra with its work The Website of Life, Stephan Harding with Cheer up you Earth: Science, Intuition, and Gaia, in addition to be a central topic in some of Isaac Asimov's works; the music, with American composers as Nathan Currier and James Taylor, or the Spanish group of heavy metal/folk rock Magician of Oz, who has written two songs: "Gaia" and "Gaia's Revenge", in which the alteration of the Earth's natural balance is condemned by the human being. The film world and of the television, with movies such as a Virus, End Fantasy or the very recent Avatar (directed by James Cameron and that takes place in a so-called “planet Pandora”, in which all organisations have a biological ability to connect their minds. The natives of this planet advert to “Eywa”, a sort of Mother of the Earth. A reference is done in the movie to the hypothesis Gaia when a character, praying to Eywa, pronounces: “killed their mother”). Also in TV-series as Edge of Darkness, Eureka or in some chapters of the series of animation South Park.
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