Posted by Rush
The Gaia hypothesis that Jackelope described sound similar to the one on wikipedia. I've never read into it, but if I find the time I will. Sounds interesting.
That's the one I read up on. Like I said, I haven't studied much on it, but what I did read I found fascinating.
I think you might be talking about a different one but Gaia as I've read about is the theory of an earthly consciousness.
There is scientific evidence toward a global pulse. I'm not read up on it but they measure sort of a pulse of the earth.
It doesn't support god in the image that christians and many other religions have. God as a being that is humanlike in appearence and all that.
Gaia, if you follow spiritualist of Hindu/other religions, however, does support god.
The theory that earth is conscious also has "cleansing theory". That means that the earth, sensing our threat and damage to the equilibrium of the planet, is changing to get rid of us to at least minumise the threat.
Between the heightened volcanic activity, occouring pole shift, and feircer storms, these are seen as protective mechanisms by Gaia beleivers.
Although most of these can be explained by science.
But if you are a beleiver in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or similar religions and you beleive in the god that is described in those pages then the theory would probably not move you either way.
From what I've read it would seem like the natural tendency of the Gaia planet would be to quell volcanic activity in order to maintain an equilibrium of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Unless the Gaia planet would purposely try to rid itself through poisoning us and the atmosphere. That doesn't seem to make much sense that it would do that, though because it would destroy its own plants, too.
Bare with me on this one. I'm about to go some place crazy-
If you think of the universe as a body, and the Gaia earth as a cell within that body, how much sense would it make to think that we're nothing more than an infected cell? At this point what does the universal body do? Does it get rid of that one cell? Does it cleanse the cell by attacking it with white blood cells? Or does it let the cell continue on with its affliction and possibly spread to other cells? Very interesting thoughts, although I'm not sure on the possibilities.
I know I sound like a pothead, but I swear I haven't touched the stuff. These are all musings I was having to myself last night. (amongst many others) I think once school is out this semester I'll pick up a book on Gaia and seek out some of these answers. I'm sure I'll only be left with more confusion though