lopment of a system based on a magnetron, that I had borrowed from the Navy, which allowed me to make what was in effect a small microwave oven • rather than continuing to use the old fashioned equipment of the time that were based on radio valves etc.
Electron capture detector developed by James Lovelock in the Science Museum, London
f communication. Peter Russell’s notion of the Global Brain (1982) builds on the
electronic communication and nervous system metaphor of the noosphere to establish the idea
of the noosphere as a planetary global brain. Buckminster Fuller’s concepts for developing a
whole system design perception of the Earth - Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of
Thinking (1975) and Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969) - are also fundamental to a
theory of the noosphere as intrinsic to a view of the planet as an evolving organism, an
idea also articulated in James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis (1981).
Sheldrake has proposed that memories are better understood in terms of morphic resonance, a
process whereby patterns of activity in the past resonate with patterns in the present on the basis
of similarity, with this resonance passing across or through space and time from the past to the
present. He has discussed this hypothesis in detail in his book The Presence of the Past and it is
summarised in his book Science Set Free/The Science Delusion in Chapter 7.
first book Gaia: a new look at life on earth in 1979; but the scientific community remained highly sceptical. For decades Gaia was ignored, dismissed and even ridiculed as a scientific theory. To this day, evolutionary biologists, in particular, take issue with the notion of a self-regulating planet. John Maynard Smith called it "an evil religion". Jonathon Porritt says Lovelock taught him "the value of cantankerous, obstinate independence, sticking to what you think is right and making those the cornerstones of your existence". Outspoken in support of nuclear power, Lovelock has offered to store a large amount of high level nuclear waste in a concrete box in his garden. On climate change, he believes it's too late for mankind to save the planet. At the start of his Life Scientific, Lovelock says he learnt more working as an apprentice for a photographic firm in south London than he ever did later at university. The best science, he insists, is done with your hands as well as your head. Thanks to Henry Higgins style elocution lessons aged 12, he was able to get a job at the well respected National Institute for Medical Research. Wartime science was all about solving ad -hoc problems and he loved it. A prolific inventor, he made a very early microwave oven to defrost hamsters and invented the Electron Capture Detector - an exquisitely sensitive device for detecting the presence of the tiniest quantities of gases in the atmosphere and led to a global ban on CFCs. Aged 40, Lovelock decided to go it alone and, he insists, the theory for which he is best known, Gaia, simply would not have been possible had he remained working within the scientific establishment. Producer: Anna Buckley.https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01h666h
on that science was provisional and could NEVER B CERTAIN was, however, always there in the minds of good scientists.
The insights from the numerical analysis of fluid dynamics by Edward Lorenz and of population biology by Robert May revealed what IS called "deterministic chaos”. Systems like the weather, the motion of more than two astronomical bodies linked by gravitation, or more than two species in competition, are exceedingly sensitive to the initial conditions of their origin, and they evolve in a wholly unpredictable manner.
ng by scientists has become a threat to the foundation on which science
has stood: the acceptance that nature is always the final arbiter and that hypothesis must always
be tested by experiment and observations in the real world.