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James Lovelock - A Final Warning: by Nature Video

James Lovelock is best known as the father of Gaia theory; the idea that all parts of our planet form a complex interacting system, like a single organism. H...

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Comment by Michael Grove on December 7, 2010 at 14:18
Certainty and confidence in science marked its development in the 19th C and much of the 20th C, but now it carries on unaware that the determinism that had so long enlivened it IS DEAD. The recognition 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.

James Lovelock
Comment by Michael Grove on December 14, 2011 at 9:52

RIP

Lynn Margulis, who has died aged 73, was a microbiologist whose work on the origin of cells transformed the study of evolution -

with James Lovelock, she also developed the "Gaia theory" of Earth as a self-regulating system

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