Monday, February 16, 2015

The Gaia Principle

The concepts of Gaia are actually fairly old. Okay, some of them are ancient. However, for the last several years, I just assumed the Gaia Principle was part of the New Age Movement (from the mid-1900s) that fuses spirituality and metaphysical properties with psychology, but after checking on it tonight, it seems that some guy named James Lovelock (a British scientist) was the one that officially smacked this label on planet Earth. Well, it was actually named after the Greek Goddess of Earth.

Anyway, the Gaia Principle (also called the Gaia Hypothesis or Gaia Theory) is the notion that the Earth is a living entity, instead of just some place where life magically spawns from. Some people go as far as saying that Earth is a sentient being with divine consciousness. I think it is a cool concept, but that is not what the Gaia Principle turned out to be after the scientific community got their mitts on it. I've read bits and pieces of Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis, and I can honestly say that I don't know what in the hell it is trying to say. Just when it starts to sound a tiny bit spiritual and metaphysical, it quickly switches to evolution, Darwin, and how Earth has no purpose, aim or goal. Yeah, that really makes a lot of sense if you are saying that this planet is a living entity... LOL!

Personally, I like the mythological version and the New Age beliefs concerning this planet and/or Gaia, and not Wikipedia's demented page that is found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis ...That Wikipedia link represents what I like to call the "superfluity of verbiage," and it's a complete mess when concerning Gaia concepts. Well, I think I'll just go back to calling it Mother Nature. Ha-ha!

Image Credit: Is in the Public Domain because it was solely created by NASA.

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