Earthy Realism: The Meaning of Gaia

Earthy Realism: The Meaning of Gaia

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Edited by Mary Midgley, Foreword by James Lovelock


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  • Format: Paperback | 120 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 200mm x 14mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Thorverton
  • ISBN 10: 1845400801
  • ISBN 13: 9781845400804
  • Sales rank: 844,591

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GAIA, named after the ancient Greek mother-goddess, is the notion that the Earth and the life on it form an active, self-maintaining whole. By its use of personification it attacks the view that the physical world is inert and lifeless. It has a scientific side, as shown by the new university departments of earth science which bring biology and geology together to study the continuity of the cycle. It also has a visionary or spiritual aspect. What the contributors to this book believe is needed is to bring these two angles together. With global warming now an accepted fact, the lessons of GAIA have never been more relevant and urgent.

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"This is a very useful collection for readers wanting to get to grips with the implications of the Gaia hypothesis."--David Lorimer "Network Review "