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James Lovelock: The Genius of Gaia
Date Tuesday July 30
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Speaker
EmailHumanistHall [at]

with Florence Windfall

Gaia Science Day will be celebrated at Humanist Hall for the second time Tuesday, July 30, with Florence’s presentation on James Lovelock, the Genius of Gaia, followed by discussions. James Lovelock created the Gaia Theory, the theory that the whole Earth system of life and its material environment is self-regulating at a state comfortable for the organisms. Join us to find out what the Gaia Theory is and how it came about!

Florence derives the content of this post from Tim Radford, writing for the Science Book Club of The Guardian. James Lovelock was one to ask questions like: Over the more than 4 billion years of Earth’s history, why hasn’t all the ocean water boiled off into space — the sun has gotten 30% hotter since the Earth began over 4 billion years ago? How does the Earth normally regulate its average global temperature over the course of millions of years in the face of a warming sun? Why isn’t the sea far more salty — rivers pour more and more salt into the sea every year? Where does the nitrogen in the atmosphere come from, why is it there — it’s also a necessary ingredient in all life forms? Why is the proportion of oxygen in the atmosphere just within the safety zone for life — any more oxygen and wildfires would never stop, any less and organisms would not have enough energy to function? James Lovelock makes the case that life is an agent in its own survival. His Gaia Theory means that the Earth we know as our home is a living planet.

Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are expected

Added to the calendar on Friday Jul 26th, 2013 10:00 PM