Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Building a Nervous System for Gaia

James Lovelock says we are all part of Gaia, not separate. The tiny microbes -- ones that we hardly knew existed some centuries ago -- give us oxygen and control the planet's temperature, making the planet safe and comfortable (more or less) for all life -- unless we overwhelm them.

Now, he says, with our computers and fiber optics we build for Gaia a fast nervous system she never had before. This is part of our job here it seems. How long before nearly everyone on the planet has a mobile phone or smart phone?

You build a nervous system with fun and nonsense first -- keeping the lines full of stuff moving back and forth -- making long and short connections in every direction. Then once it is in place, you might do something important with it -- when the time comes. What is a tiny baby doing while still in the womb?

Tiny processes. Big ideas. Massive consequences.

1 comment:

  1. There is a new technology that is getting alot of attention, my nephew has been helped alot. He always struggled with reading because the words kept moving and he would get tired and have headaches. He has been using these contacts for about 4 months now and his school work (especially bring-home work that he couldn't complete at school) has improved by leaps and bounds.
    Not sure it works for every kind of dyslexia but it sure has been a life-saver for him!