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Uncle Steezo
04-02-2010, 03:14 PM
I Posit that the earth is a living organism.

As currently defined, life is characterized by:


Homeostasis: Regulation of the internal environment to maintain a constant state; for example, electrolyte concentration or sweating to reduce temperature.
Organization: Being structurally composed of one or more cells, which are the basic units of life.
Metabolism: Transformation of energy by converting chemicals and energy into cellular components (anabolism) and decomposing organic matter (catabolism). Living things require energy to maintain internal organization (homeostasis) and to produce the other phenomena associated with life.
Growth: Maintenance of a higher rate of anabolism than catabolism. A growing organism increases in size in all of its parts, rather than simply accumulating matter.
Adaptation: The ability to change over a period of time in response to the environment. This ability is fundamental to the process of evolution and is determined by the organism's heredity as well as the composition of metabolized substances, and external factors present.
Response to stimuli: A response can take many forms, from the contraction of a unicellular organism to external chemicals, to complex reactions involving all the senses of multicellular organisms. A response is often expressed by motion, for example, the leaves of a plant turning toward the sun (phototropism) and by chemotaxis.
Reproduction: The ability to produce new individual organisms, either asexually from a single parent organism, or sexually from two parent organisms.

discuss.

SID
04-02-2010, 03:36 PM
Get with the program...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis

diggy
04-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Possible.

diggy
04-02-2010, 03:56 PM
Well I guess according to the definition it is.

Uncle Steezo
04-02-2010, 05:11 PM
Get with the program...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis
shhhhh... people get nervous when you use that G word.

but since you are with the program, what are your thoughts on planetary consciousnesses and their effect on the lifeforms that habitate them?

SID
04-02-2010, 05:26 PM
I suppose i believe in the Gaia theory to a certain extent.

I believe that the earth is possibly a living organism yes, like we have cells in our body, we are the cells of the body of earth.

We have different roles like different cells, it all makes sense, but i wouldent call myself a fully fledged neo pagan just yet.