Time does go on -
I tell it gay to those who suffer now -
They shall survive -
There is a sun -
They don't believe it now — (1121)
Mom, what does the Gaia idea have to do with your symbiotic theory?" asked my son Zach after he came home from work one day.No longer an aspiring politician, now a disillusioned seventeen-year-old aide to a legislator at the State House in Boston, he had just returned home from an exhausting attempt to draft old-people's-home legislation for one of his two absentee bosses.
"Nothing," I immediately responded, "or at least nothing as far as I'm aware." I have been pondering his question ever since.The book you hold in your hands attempts to provide the answer. The two major scientific ideas that I have worked on all my professional life, serial endosymbiosis theory (SET) and Gaia, and the relation of one to the other, form its central theme.
Zach's question, how symbiosis jibes with Gaia, was neatly answered by a wisecrack of a wonderful former stu-____________________