An important work of Currier's is the oratorio Gaian Variations, his largest - and only one touching on controversy.

Gaia theory was itself long wrapped in controversy, since receiving negative reception from neo-Darwinists starting in the 1980s. As Currier was in the middle of working on his score, however, more than 1,000 scientists from over 100 countries came together under the auspices of the United Nations to sign a Declaration which states at the outset,"The Earth System behaves as a single, self-regulating system." Lovelock's primary assertion of planetary-scale self-regulation had gradually become the accepted wisdom of science, despite the relentless criticism of figures like neo-Darwinist Richard Dawkins.

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