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Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Fri Apr 26 22:22:50 EST 1996

> From: rwhitehead at cix.compulink.co.uk ("Roger Whitehead")
> Subject: Re: web sites
> Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 14:59:06 GMT
> << formalised scientifically in the Gaia Hypothesis. >>
> As eloquent an example of an oxymoron as one could ask for. 8-)

[an eloquent oxymoron is a persuasive contradiction ...]

'Scientific' method involves observation, hypothesis and experiment:

How do you progress from observation to hypothesis 'scientifically' 
without formalising your ideas in order to test them by experiment?

You are right that the Gaia Hypothesis is regarded as 'unscientific' by 
some people (as I said in my original message), but it contains ideas 
that have provoked genuine scientific debate about the relationship 
between the different, interdependent systems that make up our planet.

My point was that perhaps folklore should not be dismissed out of hand 
because it is, after all, largely based on the observation of nature.

Dr. A.J.Travis,                     |  mailto:ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
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