The History of Science and Technology Program and the Evolution Study Group Present

The Possibility of Gaia

James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis holds that the biosphere’s global feedbacks are products of natural selection, but traditional Darwinists say this is impossible. Recent approaches in the philosophy of evolution and results of computational modeling suggest that Gaia can now be integrated into Darwinian theory. A discussion with Frederic Bouchard (Universite de Montreal), Tim Lenton (University of Exeter), Ford Doolittle (Dalhousie) and Joe Bielawski (Dalhousie)