Earth Systems Theory
August 8+ 11, 6-8pm ET
In the 1960s, inventor James Lovelock and biologist Lynn Margulis developed what is now known as Gaia Theory or Earth Systems Theory. It suggests that complex biological life on our planet is possible only because of the complex inter-working of all the biological and geological elements in the biosphere, the thin and fragile layer where all life exists. The course will introduce the theory, its philosophical and scientific origins, and implications for thinking about the current environmental crisis.
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Richard Boyechko is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature focusing on contemporary science fiction (SF) primarily from Eastern Europe and East Asia. His dissertation deals with director Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer (2013) and its precursors, works that invite theorizing about biopolitics, biodiversity, and planetary limits.