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Nature Is A Self Organizing Living System

Nature Is A Self Organizing Living System

  “If we could surrender to Earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted—like trees.” ~ Rilke   As a biologist, nature essayist, and eco-traveler,  I am often depressed and confused over the negative human impact on our Earth. Even though we are a seemingly intelligent race, we are determined to destroy the very environment that sustains human life.  Anyone who can do basic math can calculate that, within only 50...

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Building A Border Wall Is An Act Of Ecological Sabotage

Building A Border Wall Is An Act Of Ecological Sabotage

It is beyond my comprehension that any responsible nation on our planet would commit an act of ecological sabotage. But yet, it is taking place at the US/Mexico border where the American people and their leaders, out of blind disrespect and hatred for another human culture, are killing off a piece of Nature that knows no borders. The very existence of a border wall blocks Nature’s energy flow as essential animal migration corridors...

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Superorganisms – Nature’s Connectivity In Action

Superorganisms – Nature’s Connectivity In Action

“We’re beginning to get some revolutionary new ideas about how social behavior originated, and also how to construct a superorganism. If we can define a set of assembly rules for superorganisms then we have a model system for how to construct an organism. How do you put an ant colony together? You start with a queen ant, which digs a hole in the ground, starts laying eggs, and goes through a series of operations that raise the...

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The Wood Wide Web – Part 2

The Wood Wide Web – Part 2

I welcome back guest blogger Emily Stone so that she may present the second part of her “Wood Wide Web” series. Her first blog , as well as this essay, focuses on the great ecological importance of the interconnected underground world of plants and forests. Emily is an award winning writer and the Naturalist and Education Director at the Cable Museum in Northern Wisconsin . The museum characterizes “Natural...

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The Wood Wide Web

The Wood Wide Web

As part of providing my dear readers with content that focuses on Nature’s web of life, I regularly search for well written books or blogs that I might share with you. By good fortune, I came across the web site of the Cable Museum in Northern Wisconsin . Hidden within lies a focus on Nature’s web of life. The museum characterizes this focus as “Natural Connections” between people and Nature as well as the...

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Protecting Nature’s Energy Flow Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

Protecting Nature’s Energy Flow Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

“The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man”                                                                                                                                        — Rachel Carson Nature’s “genius” does not respond to human control where one simply pushes one button to get one predictable result. Instead, Nature’s...

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