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Episode 006 – Gaia
Down the Rabbit Hole episode 6 has a special guest from far away, Anna, co-host in another Dark Mind's radio podcast, Synapse. Joins us to talk about a very interesting and ancient topic: Gaia.
And we start with understanding where this word and concept came from. The Gaia (pronounced GAY-ah) hypothesis is the idea that Earth is a living organism and can regulate its own environment. This idea argues that Earth is able to maintain conditions that are favorable for life to survive on it, and that it is the living things on Earth that give the planet this ability.
The idea that Earth and its atmosphere are some sort of "superorganism" was actually first proposed by Scottish geologist (a person specializing in the study of Earth) James Hutton (1726–1797)
Gaia is the name of the Greek goddess of Earth and mother of the Titans. In modern times