ENVIRONMENT - ECOLOGICAL EXTENSION or ECO HOLISM - BRIEF SUMMARY

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Ecological Extension or Eco-holism
James Lovelock ­ Gaia hypothesis
Gaia is a self regulating force that controls the world to ensure the continued existence of
life (in some form)
Gaia does appeal to religious people
It is not moral
Gaia could, in theory, restart life by self-regulating; even if it isn't the life we know now
Gaia does include natural selection, but it is all through chance, not someone making it so
In concert ­ working together
Richard Dawkins criticised it for not including natural selection and suggesting that organisms
self-regulate intentionally
Gaia lost its credibility by being filtered through religion and `hippies'
The new approach to Gaia made it hard for Lovelock to get other scientists to take it
seriously
Stewardship ­ look after the environment

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