Possible New Evidence That Earth Is A Giant Living Organism

5052744538_bede3ddbdb_nIf planet Earth, on a macro level, really is a being called Gaia that is functionally alive, then I hope I’m not standing on an uncomfortable spot. Via Junk Science:

Is Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts? A new discovery may provide a key to answering this question. This key of sulfur could allow scientists to unlock heretofore hidden interactions between ocean organisms, atmosphere, and land — interactions that might provide evidence supporting this famous theory.

The Gaia hypothesis — first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s — holds that Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably connected to form a self-regulating, essentially sentient, system.

Newly published work done at the University of Maryland provides a tool for tracing and measuring the movement of sulfur through ocean organisms, the atmosphere and the land in ways that may help prove or disprove the controversial Gaia theory.

  • teachpeace

    With this way of thinking, there is hope.

  • The only thing to get is money

    I think that the planet is a host for life, but it itself is not alive. I’m not sure

    • Ceausescu

      If not alive, than a dead host makes more sense ?

      Just sayin’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    “Via Junk Science:” That about sums it up.

    • Makemyday

      as if you understand what life is… its a theory, not fact, its supposed to make you ponder and analyse before coming to a conclusion. You make junk posts

  • Established Poster

    I will ignore that fact that all of us are out of our depth on this topic, all of you please do the same.

    I will attempt to appear hesitant to agree and offer a critique of the major points here.  It is important to note that there are some things I agree with in this article.  The thing I take issue with is how the   originators of this material do not share the high standard that I have for evidence and are most likely not as logical as I am.  Right guys?

  • DeepCough

    The Earth is more of an organic system than a living organism.

  • Tree’s support life with multiple organisms both living and feeding off of it; so too is the human body a host for a variety of organisms. From a purely logical standpoint, facts such as these would lend credence to the idea that the planet is also alive.

    Sentience is another matter. No one would argue that a tree is alive but whether it’s sentient is up for debate; same too with the planet. However also consider the idea of the ‘dead planet’, devoid of life… 

    Food for thought.

  • MoralDrift

    i don’t think this is true, but it is a valuable way to perceive the world as an interconnected whole

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWZ64IB5Y6WG3UCIMU6CSU3BXY lucifer osiris arnold

    who didn’t know this?

  • Shadocat16

    That is why earth is off on it’s own. The other planets don’t want to catch her case of “humans”.

  • kowalityjesus

    Poignantly, I recently learned that when scientists wanted to carbon date natural gas found in the midwest, they expected to get readings of 100-150 million years, but the average was about 20,000.  Why?  Because the earth “breathes” (to anthropomorphize): when a high pressure system moves over air enters the ground, vice versa. 

    Awww, humanity was so well prepared for by the Lord.  God made such a cute earth. Yay, earth