You know, the
Ashby believed this “
ultrastability” to be a governing principle in nature, explaining, among other things, the adaptation of species to their niche – a process that appears purposeful, but actually arises from random processes. It may seem a stretch to describe the Homeostat’s change over time, from wild motion to stability, as “evolution”. After all, it lacks all the trappings we associate with Darwinian evolution – such as life and reproduction. Bob Holmes, “Gaia rebooted: New version of idea explains how Earth evolved for life” at New Scientist
A stretch? Yes, because it’s the “life” part that’s the trickiest. Most of the article is behind a paywall so you’ll have to bet
Some of us think that the real threat to Gaia is actually the invented god.
Keeping in mind Murphy’s Fundamental Law (Mother Nature is a bitch who doesn’t need to do what you want or need or expect), it makes much more sense to just invent secular deities as needed, like sci-fi themes.
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See also: Tales of an invented god