This month, we have an essay from Bruce Clarke entitled “Margulis, Autopoiesis, Gaia,” in which Clarke recounts his own process of critically and pedagogically working with the concept of “gaia” (the relations of things, as they exist on our planet, in relation the sun) through scientific discourse. In Lynn Margulis’s work What is Life? and Symbiotic Planet, Clarke comes to the realization that “if Gaia is a system, then Gaia theory is a form of systems theory” that can also articulate autopoietic or self-producing systems. Embracing approaches to autopoiesis, Clarke describes the expansion of autopoiesis beyond its scientific contexts, inquiring into recursiveness in several well-known concepts and texts, with particular emphasis on Margulis’s body of work.
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