Gaia hypothesis

[ gey-uhhahy-poth-uh-sis, hi-poth‐ ]
/ ˈgeɪ ə haɪˌpɒθ ə sɪs, hɪˌpɒθ‐ /

noun

a theory advancing the notion that life on earth is perpetuated by the interaction of organisms with their inorganic environment, a process maintained by the earth’s self-regulation of its own material conditions and requirements.

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Origin of Gaia hypothesis

Coined in 1975 by James Lovelock (born 1919), British environmentalist and futurist; see origin at Gaia (def. 2)

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British Dictionary definitions for Gaia hypothesis

Gaia hypothesis

Gaia theory

/ (ˈɡaɪə) /

noun

the theory that the earth and everything on it constitutes a single self-regulating living entity
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