My Latest Musings On 13 May, 2016

 

Here are my recent musings on patterns and connections In Nature.

This series of blog posts contains the most recent  Internet articles that interest me. They are sources for my musings and my research which I am happy to share with you.  If you find any of the articles interesting, I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of the list.

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A New Dark Age Looms

As our  Earth warms, our historical understanding of Nature will turn obsolete faster than we can replace it with new knowledge. Some patterns will change significantly; others will be largely unaffected, though it will be difficult to say what will change, by how much, and when.

Our grandchildren could grow up knowing less about the planet than we do today. This is not a legacy we want to leave them. Yet we are on the verge of ensuring that this happens.

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A Good Story by Emma Marris

An interesting critique of the idea of trophic cascades and differing scientific opinions and hypotheses.

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The park ranger or the naturalist may be becoming an endangered species. Very sad because place-based environmental education is a powerful way to bring people back to Nature.

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When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery

 

For decades, poet-philosopher and radical environmentalist Derrick Jensen has warned us about the problems of civilization. Yet he’s a tireless activist with hope for the planet’s future. I particularly love this qupote from the article:

The time after is a time of magic. Not the magic of parlor tricks, not the magic of smoke and mirrors, distractions that point one’s attention away from the real action. No, this magic is the real action. This magic is the embodied intelligence of the world and its members. This magic is the rough skin of sharks without which they would not swim so fast, so powerfully. This magic is the long tongues of butterflies and the flowers that welcome them. This magic is the brilliance of fruits and berries that grow to be eaten by those that then distribute their seeds along with the nutrients necessary for new growth. This magic is the work of fungi that join trees and mammals and bacteria to create a forest. This magic is the billions of beings in a handful of soil. This magic is the billions of beings that live inside you, that make it possible for you to live.”

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Why humans run the world

A very interesting perspective by history professor Yuval Noah Harari

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This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists — dissipation driven organization.

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10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment

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The Greening Of Self: The Most Important Development of Modern Times

By Joanna Macy  — Defining our self in the order of things.  Something is shifting here.

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Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden LIfe

The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world.

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Six Things To Know About Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction

A new study reports the long-suspected collapse of wildlife is ‘already under way.’ At least five similar die-offs have happened before, but this is the first in human history — and the first with human help.

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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