February 26, 2017

Gaia

Towards a Biospheric Ethic

Weltspartag by Hans-Ulrich Osterwalder, 1979 (Ecologist Vol 15, No 3, 1985)

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Modern moral philosophers have tended to study ethics in a void, ignoring the insights of the natural and human sciences. Although several of our most noted and thoughtful biologists and sociologists have sought to correct this, they have based their ethical principles on a grossly distorted view of nature and human society. The result has […]

Gaia and the global corporations (extended version)

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This is an extended version of Edward Goldsmith’s talk presented at the “Policing the Global Economy – why, how and for whom?” international conference, held in Geneva, 23-25 March 1998, and presented again as the keynote address at the International Forum on Globalization in April 1998. This extended version was published in Caduceus magazine issues […]

Gaia and Evolution (preface)

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Preface for Gaia and Evolution: Proceedings of the Second Annual Camelford Conference on the Implications of the Gaia Thesis If we accept the Gaia Thesis, in which the Earth is seen to be a planetary system with certain self-regulating features that are controlled by the combined activities of the biota, such as surface temperature, climate, […]

Gaia is evolution

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From Rivista Di Biologia Vol 83, 2-3, 1990. This paper is an abridged version of the introductory paper presented by the author at the second annual Camelford Symposia on the implications of the Gaia thesis. The full text is published in the proceedings of the Conference: Gaia and Evolution, ed. P. Bunyard and E. Goldsmith. […]

Gaia and evolution

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The ‘survival of the fittest’ maxim of Darwinism is widely used to justify the disastrous process of unrestrained technological progress and economic development. However, if the world is seen as a single self-regulating system, then progress through competition becomes fundamentally anti-evolutionary. Co-operation is the true evolutionary strategy. This paper was presented at the Wadebridge Ecological […]

Gaia: some implications for theoretical ecology

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If we accept the Gaia Hypothesis, then modern reductionist and mechanistic ecology, as taught in our universities, can no longer be defended. However, rather than simply returning to the ‘holistic’ ecology of Clements and Shelford, a more sophisticated ecology must be developed to take account of the work of such holistic thinkers as C. H. […]

The development of the ecosphere as a single process

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From Towards a Unified Science. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The Hellenic philosophers assumed that the world could be explained in terms of one all-embracing theory. They built general models that may appear naive today, but many of which were probably, at different moments in time, the best that could be built with […]