Hi Rob,

Yes, I have heard of it - Gaia and all.

I think they are anthropomorphic beliefs, something us theists are accused of also.

I suppose a very good definition of what constitutes life would be needed before we could say that a planet, with it's complex ecosystem, could be said to be a living organism.

However - either way - it is not a view I accept.

Sorry if I am a bit dense but I found the second part of your post a little obscure.