The Earth as a Sentient Being – Gaia
What is Gaia?
The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of Earth.
The idea of the Earth as an integrated whole, a living being, has a long tradition. The mythical Gaia was the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth, the Greek version of “Mother Nature”, or the Earth Mother.
Earth is alive: As the climate changes, the planet comes alive. Earth appears to breathe when ice cover grows and melts–in and out, in and out.
The Earth – A Living Creature (The Amazing NASA Video)