Gaia 2.0

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Science  14 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6407, pp. 1066-1068
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0427

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  • RE: Gaia 2.0, Self-Aware Earth

    Could humans add some level of self-awareness to Earth’s self-regulation? The Earth is a population of one governed by maximum entropy production.

    Can a person add some level of self-awareness to another person’s self-regulation? Can a parent add some level of self-awareness to his child’s self-regulation? Can a child add some level of self-awareness to his parent’s self-regulation? Can I add some level of self-awareness to my own self-regulation?

    Self-regulation and self-awareness are two sides of the same coin: Perception-Action; Cognition-Intention. Does Gaia 2.0 suggest a mind-body prosthesis for the Earth?

    When discussing sustainability, consider one example of adverse human experiences: forcible displacement. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, "25.4 million refugees (of which over half are children) and 10 million stateless individuals comprise, in part, the 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide ... 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds" ( Does Gaia 2.0 take that into consideration?

    Humans should focus on adding some level of self-awareness to humanity’s self-regulation.

    Competing Interests: None declared.
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    Why not accept that all events that happen on earth as well as the chemical reactions that compose life are all equally spontaneous chaotic events. After all, life's chemical reactions gain importance to our eyes and appear ordered because we are the resulting observers and we consider parts of the whole system that look like us as separate from the entire system. If you remove our perspective biases that make us to dissect these reactions into individual organisms, systems, organs, etc then life as a whole is more about the prevailance and sustainance of the most stable sets of biochemical reactions (for example, DNA molecules and their packing with histones, etc).

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