In 1965 English Scientist James Lovelock Had A Flash Of Insight The Earth Is Not Just Teeming With Life The Earth, In Some Sense, Is Life He Mulled This Revolutionary Idea Over For Several Years, First With His Close Friend The Novelist William Golding, And Then In An Extensive Collaboration With The American Scientist Lynn Margulis In The Early 1970s, He Finally Went Public With The Gaia Hypothesis, The Idea That Everything Happens For An End The Good Of Planet Earth Lovelock And Margulis Were Scorned By Professional Scientists, But The General Public Enthusiastically Embraced Lovelock And His Hypothesis People Joined Gaia Groups Churches Had Gaia Services, Sometimes With New Music Written Especially For The Occasion There Was A Gaia Atlas, Gaia Gardening, Gaia Herbs, Gaia Retreats, Gaia Networking, And Much And The Range Of Enthusiasts Was And Still Is Broad In The Gaia Hypothesis, Philosopher Michael Ruse, With His Characteristic Clarity And Wit, Uses Gaia And Its History, Its Supporters And Detractors, To Illuminate The Nature Of Science Itself Gaia Emerged In The 1960s, A Decade When Authority Was Questioned And Status And Dignity Stood For Nothing, But Its Story Is Much Older Ruse Traces Gaia S Connection To Plato And A Long History Of Goal Directed And Holistic Or Organicist Thinking And Explains Why Lovelock And Margulis S Peers Rejected It As Pseudoscience But Ruse Also Shows Why The Project Was A Success He Argues That Lovelock And Margulis Should Be Commended For Giving Philosophy Firm Scientific Basis And For Provoking Important Scientific Discussion About The World As A Whole, Its Homeostasis Or In This Age Of Global Environmental Uncertainty Its Lack Thereof Melding The World Of Science And Technology With The World Of Feeling, Mysticism, And Religion, The Gaia Hypothesis Will Appeal To A Broad Range Of Readers, From Students And Scholars Of The History And Philosophy Of Science To Anyone Interested In New Age Culture.
Michael Ruse is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the creation evolution controversy and the demarcation problem within science He was born in England, attending Bootham School,York He took his undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol 1962 , his master s degree at McMast
- 272 pages
- The Gaia Hypothesis
- Michael Ruse
- 16 April 2018 Michael Ruse