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Gaia hypothesis

[gey-uh] /ˈgeɪ ə/
a model of the earth as a self-regulating organism, advanced as an alternative to a mechanistic model.
Origin of Gaia hypothesis
1970-75; < Greek gaîa earth; see Gaea Unabridged
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Gaia hypothesis

the theory that the earth and everything on it constitutes a single self-regulating living entity
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Contemporary definitions for Gaia hypothesis

the hypothesis that the earth and its atmosphere should be regarded a living self-regulating organism

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theory of James Lovelock, named for the Greek Earth goddess Gaea's 21st Century Lexicon
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