Gaia: A Way Of Knowing Explores Political Implications Of The New Biology

Gaia Theory is the idea that the planet functions as a single ecosystem “the biosphere”.

This is not a flight of fancy but rather an idea supported by hard science.

One of the first people to realize the implications of this was William Irwin Thompson.

In his book Gaia: A Way Of Knowing, he brings together experts from various fields to examine the implications of this for us all. 

Why We Love Gaia: A Way Of Knowing 

As Why We Love Gaia is a collection of essays, there’s something here for everyone and while William Thompson’s hand is clearly guiding the overall theme, you get an interesting range of voices in the pages. 


From atmospheric scientists to cybernetic biologists each person brings their expertise to bear on what Gaia theory might mean within their own field and how it connects to the larger world. 

Last Words

If you want an easy to read book on Gaia Theory which you can dip in and out of whenever you want? Then Gaia: A Way of Knowing is a great place to start.

The only downside is that it’s out of print and it can be a challenge to track down an affordable copy. 

You can grab a copy online here.

If you’re looking for other interesting books on Gaia Theory we also recommend Earthdance and Gaia: An Atlas of Planetary Management