Sunday, August 21, 2022

The real-life Q …

Writing Gaia review: what my friend James Lovelock’s letters reveal. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Calling the theory Gaia, the goddess of the Earth, was a red rag to the biology bulls. The name came from the novelist William Golding, a friend of Lovelock's. He thought it spot-on; the biologists thought it showed what an airy-fairy mess of spilt religion Gaia was. After a flurry of interest in the Seventies, Gaia was in effect suppressed in the Eighties.

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