Gaia hypothesis

Gaia hypothesis,

Definition of Gaia hypothesis:

  1. The theory, put forward by James Lovelock, that living matter on the earth collectively defines and regulates the material conditions necessary for the continuance of life. The planet, or rather the biosphere, is thus likened to a vast self-regulating organism.

  2. Concept (accepted more as a metaphor than a fact) that the Earth is not just a clump of rock and water but a self-regulating giant cell capable of adjusting to small and big changes and catastrophes in an intelligent and holistic manner. It states that the Earth copes with both incremental changes and sudden impacts by altering the planetary environment by involving the mutual interaction of biological and geological processes. Postulated in 1968 by the UK scientist Dr. James E. Lovelock (1919-) who in 1957 invented the Electron Capture Detector used in detecting trace quantities of hazardous substances in the environment such as chlorofluorocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls. Gaia was the ancient Greek goddess of the Earth.

How to use Gaia hypothesis in a sentence?

  1. This outlook is rooted in the Gaia hypothesis - that the world is best seen as a single organism, of which we are just part.
  2. I agreed with the gaia hypothesis and did not think that the earth was juvt a giant rock with no inner life to it.
  3. Some people believe in the gaia hypothesis and if they do you should try to use that against them in a negotiation.
  4. When you are dealing with someone that believes in the gaia hypothesis you may be able to find a way to use it to your advantage.

Meaning of Gaia hypothesis & Gaia hypothesis Definition