Bioethics Discussion Blog: Tsunami and The Gaia Hypothesis

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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Tsunami and The Gaia Hypothesis

In trying to think of some sort of an explanation to the catastrophe produced by the recent southern Asia tsunami, one could try a simple geo-physical approach (earthquake disturbing a body of water) or a more philosophical/religious/spiritual meaning depending on one’s philosophy or religion. Another way of explaining what happened is considering the Gaia Hypothesis. Gaia in Greek mythology was a goddess who is the personification of the earth, the mother of the Titans. The hypothesis states, "the earth is a group of interdependent organisms and environmental systems that function as a single, self-regulating organism."

Perhaps we should then say that that we do to promote global warming, what earthquakes and tsunamis and volcanos will do, what cutting down the rain forests will do, what tornedos, floods, hurricanes and cyclones and droughts will do, what infectious or other diseases will do and how we communicate or act with each other (ignore or attack each other) is eventually going to change where we live, how we live, how we behave and what kind of creatures we will become and how the earth continues to support life.

Perhaps we should simply say that the disaster which recently occurred in south Asia is just part of a bigger picture. How do you look at it? ..Maurice.

1 Comments:

At Friday, February 03, 2006 9:40:00 AM, Anonymous Moof said...

Very interesting thought, and yes, I agree that everything that happens, and everything we do, don't do, etc., sets a certain pattern for whatever will follow, and may have completely unexpected results.

I believe that any large disaster is part of a "bigger picture," both immediately and in the distant future. Perhaps even more so now than it was a century ago, since large disasters tend to evoke some sort of movement from us today which we were not capable of until recently, and that movement will itself provoke more change in the "bigger picture."

Perhaps that's why things seem to be accelerating?

 

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