The Western mindset tends to dismiss its own co-evolutionary embeddedness within diverse living and nonliving environments that transcend human understandings and controls. The dirty little secret is that we would be over an ecological barrel if we ever actually tried to build and populate the current generation of space habitats. This is not to say that a space colony could not be viable if it can work out how to take Gaia with it. That is, if its human complement can orchestrate a fully integrated consortium of Gaian systems, resting on virtuous microbial foundations and environmentally interlaced with the necessary suite of elemental geochemical cycles, perhaps it could grow its own long-term ecosystem.
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