James Lovelock, is an independent scientist, environmentalist, and futurist.
He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating system.
In the 2000s, James Lovelock proposed a method of climate engineering to restore carbon dioxide-consuming algae.
He has been an outspoken member of Environmentalists for Nuclear, citing the effects of carbon dioxide as being more harmful to the environment, and warning of global warming due to the greenhouse effect.
James Lovelock was born at 26 July 1919 in Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, England.
With a Ph.D. in medicine, James Lovelock performed cryopreservation experiments on rodents, including successfully thawing frozen specimens.
His methods were influential in the theories of cryonics (the cryopreservation of humans). He invented the electron capture detector, and using it, became the first to detect the widespread presence of CFCs in the atmosphere.
While designing scientific instruments for NASA, he developed the Gaia hypothesis.
James Lovelock said:
1. “Geological change usually takes thousands of years to happen but we are seeing the climate changing not just in our lifetimes but also year by year.”
2. “The tropical rainforests are a telling example. Once cut down, they rarely recover. Rainfall drops, deserts spread, the climate warms.”
3. “Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.”
4. “The oil companies regard nuclear power as their rival, who will reduce their profits, so they put out a lot of disinformation about nuclear power.”
5. “Civilization in its present form hasn’t got long.”
6. “An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.”
7. “There aren’t just bad people that commit genocide; we are all capable of it. It’s our evolutionary history.”
8. “It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion. I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use… The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”
9. “I call Gaia a physiological system because it appears to have the unconscious goal of regulating the climate and the chemistry at a comfortable state for life.”
10. “Because we are urban dwellers we are obsessed with human problems.”
11. “Keep in mind that it is hubris to think that we know how to save the Earth: our planet looks after itself. All we can do is try to save ourselves.”
12. “Contact means the exchange of specific knowledge, ideas, or at least of findings, definite facts. But what if no exchange is possible? If an elephant is not a giant microbe, the ocean is not a giant brain.”
13. “City wisdom became almost entirely centered on the problems of human relationships, in contrast to the wisdom of any natural tribal group, where relationships with the rest of the animate and inanimate world are still given due place.”
14. “We live at a time when emotions and feelings count more than truth, and there is a vast ignorance of science.”