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We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions — E.O.Wilson

excerpt 1:Very few species, however, have made the leap from merely social to eusocial, “eu-” meaning true. To qualify as eusocial, in Wilson’s definition, animals must live in multigenerational communities, practice division of labor and behave altruistically, ready to sacrifice … Continue reading

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Better Than the Bird’s Eye View

Google Maps | Space Bonus: “They are wild things.”

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Just Sayin’ – once again

Talk Origins – central counter-creationist resource 12. Nobody has ever seen a new species evolve. Speciation is probably fairly rare and in many cases might take centuries. Furthermore, recognizing a new species during a formative stage can be difficult, because … Continue reading

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Water and Animals and Humans

The self is a metaphor. We can decide to limit it to our skin, our person, our family, our organization, or our species. We can select its boundaries in objective reality As the systems theorists see it, our consciousness illuminates … Continue reading

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Systematic Ways to Look at Seeming Chaos

'Flying Dutchman' Draft Film Trailer by Alan Nguyen and Sutu from Alan Nguyen on Vimeo. This Electrified Pirate Ship Was Made with a Virtual Reality Paintbrush h/t Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music

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Morphing Fractals

Eternal One, Mighty One, Holy El, God autocrat self-originate, incorruptible, immaculate, unbegotten, spotless, immortal, self-perfected, self-devised, without mother, without father, ungenerated, exalted, fiery, just, lover of men, benevolent, compassionate, bountiful, jealous over me, patient one, most merciful. Eli, eternal, mighty … Continue reading

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No Hand Waving, please!

Evolutionary Argument Against Reality I believe that consciousness and its contents are all that exists. Spacetime, matter and fields never were the fundamental denizens of the universe but have always been, from their beginning, among the humbler contents of consciousness, … Continue reading

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World’s Whole Frame

The Wild Garden – NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo. Another year rolls into spring. Time to get the hands dirty. I have a bohemian flower garden to tend to. An Anatomy of the World The First Anniversary WHEN that rich … Continue reading

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The Very Soaked, Very Dry, World

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA, is 950 feet above sea level. We could probably take tens of thousands of climate refugees. I do not know what the effect of climate cahnge will be on the great lakes. Hey, I can look … Continue reading

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By Hand

A Thousand Hands Ago from S Ensby on Vimeo. The dramatic form is reached when the vitality which has flowed and eddied round each person fills every person with such vital force that he or she assumes a proper and … Continue reading

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Slow, Steady, and Permanent

Your half hour will be well spent in a close engagement with the thought of Mr. Varela. Recovering Common Sense The tacit assumption behind the varieties of cognitive realism (cognitivism, emergence, and the society of mind) has been that the … Continue reading

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Whales Under Northern Lights

bonus: bonus 2: I would like someday to be a dolphin.

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Brain and Culture

V.S. Ramachandran (Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute) – lecture begins at … Continue reading

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Deep Ecology Foundation

The Deep Ecology Platform 1. The well-being and flourishing of human and nonhuman life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: inherent worth, intrinsic value, inherent value). These values are independent of the usefulness of the nonhuman world for human … Continue reading

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Pagan Waterworld

Jaison deCaires Taylor – Underwater Sculpture A must see artist’s web site.

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As A Kite (or Plane) Flies

“There is an ecology of bad ideas, just as there is an ecology of weeds, and it is characteristic of the system that basic error propagates itself.” -Gregory Bateson Incarnate in a human body paradoxically aware of itself as a … Continue reading

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Close Encounter

Sperm Whale Encounter from Howard Hall on Vimeo. h/t Howard Hall

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