Disseminated Primatemaia

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Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic organism, or like the cells of a tumour or neoplasm. We have grown in numbers and disturbance to Gaia, to the point where our presence is perceptibly disturbing … the human species is now so numerous as to constitute a serious planetary malady. Gaia is suffering from Disseminated Primatemaia, a plague of people.

James Lovelock, Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine, as quoted by John Gray, Straw Dogs, p. 6.

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