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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Old Theory Resurfacing? 

The Gaia Theory (yes, that's where the "Spirit of the Earth" on Captain Planet got her name) posits that living organisms interact with the environment so as to keep it in their 'comfort zone.' It's generally seen as DOQRAPS, but now and again, some support for the concept, although not for the semi-religious animism parts, pops up.

It turns out that when too much UV light falls onto plankton in the ocean, they release a chemical which evaporates and catalyzes cloud formation, lowering UV levels. Which is very similar to what Lovelock's daisies do. Except no one can yet prove that they do this in [conscious] concert with other organisms. Still cool though.

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