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Introducing the thought experiment

David M. Wilkinson

in Fundamental Processes in Ecology: An earth systems approach

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198568469
eISBN:
9780191717611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568469.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This introductory chapter sets out the books central thought experiment: ‘For any planet with carbon-based life, which persists over geological time-scales, what is the minimum set of ecological ... More


Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

Dan McKanan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520290051
eISBN:
9780520964389
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290051.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

For the past century, initiatives inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy have contributed to the evolution of environmental activism. Steiner’s 1924 course of lectures on agriculture initiated ... More


Gaia in the Machine: The Artificial Life Approach

Keith L. Downing

in Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.003.0025
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This chapter presents several examples of the evolutionary emergence of Gaian patterns in two different artificial life (ALife) simulators. It also briefly analyzes these systems with respect to ... More


Ecology: The Boundaries of Anthroposophy

Dan McKanan

in Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520290051
eISBN:
9780520964389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290051.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Anthroposophy occupies a distinct ecological niche within the broader environmental movement. Its commitment to Goetheanism sets it apart from academic science; its understanding of social justice ... More


Gaia: Toward a Thermodynamics of Life

Eric D. Schneider

in Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.003.0006
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This chapter sheds light on an important connecting principle of nature, one which helps explain processes as different as boiling pots of highly organized fluids, hurricanes, pulsating chemical ... More


Homeostatic Gaia: An Ecologist’s Perspective on the Possibility of Regulation

David M. Wilkinson

in Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This chapter discusses a major question raised by Gaia theory: Is the long-term persistence of the biosphere entirely due to luck, or does it possess feedback loops that increase the possibility of ... More


Does Life Drive Disequilibrium in the Biosphere?

David W. Schwartzman and Tyler Volk

in Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262194983
eISBN:
9780262283182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262194983.003.0013
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This chapter shows that the carbonate-silicate geochemical cycle or Urey reaction, the long-term control on the steady-state atmospheric carbon dioxide level, is far from equilibrium on the present ... More


Mediations of Gaia: Ecology and Epistemology from Gregory Boteson and Felix Guattari to Avatar

Bruce Clarke

in Neocybernetics and Narrative

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691005
eISBN:
9781452949406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691005.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter analyzes the theory of metabiotic autopoietic systems back to biotic autopoiesis and its subsequent developments, and towards the Gaia hypothesis. The theories of cognition from the ... More


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