we don't need to change how we do conservation, we need to change why we do it

Ken Christenson

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The Journey Part 8 (of 8) – Science Infected by Love of Nature: the Unstoppable Contagion

Jan. 2010 THE LAST NICHEGaia: the hypothesis that the living and nonliving components of earth function as a single system in such a way that the living component regulates and maintains conditions . . . so as to be suitable for life; also: this system regarded as a single organism.           …

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The Journey Part 7 – How do you Hug a Cladistic Tree?

. . . When the lateral roots of two Douglas-firs run into each other underground, they fuse. Through those self-grafting knots, the two trees join their vascular systems together and become one. Networked together underground by countless thousands of miles of living fungal threads, the trees feed and heal each other, keep their young and …

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The Journey Part 6 – Intimacy is Immortality

Unlike monkeys, humans also use mirror neurons to directly imitate actions and understand their meanings. … Gallese and Rizzolatti found that when people listened to sentences describing actions, the same mirror neurons fired as would have had the subjects performed the actions themselves or witnessed them being performed. — David Dobbs [1] The first thing …

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The Journey Part 5 – Humans and Nature, and The Watcher

Thur. Aug. 9/07    When You’re Not Lost To tell your own story As if it’s real Is to be lost. This is allowed When you and your audience Both know when you’re lost As well as you know when you’re not.   Only stories can have such endings.   Not knowing. I have argued this …

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The Journey Part 4 – Intimacy with Ideas is ‘Awesome’

Thurs. July 26/07 Ageless and TirelessThe heat drains.The cold braces.Our bodies know what to do. In what distant placesAnd what special climes,Over what vast timesHave they learned this?The knowing bodyThat rises each morningAnd sleeps every nightIs agelessAnd tireless. Let’s take a closer look at this verse that comes at the end of ‘The Journey Part 3’. In …

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The Journey Part 3 – Love Deepens

Thus, when you practice just sitting and continuously give up all thoughts and views, the way becomes more and more intimate. So attaining the way means attaining it completely with the whole body. With this awareness you should sit wholeheartedly. — Eihei Dogen In the last two posts I argued that, if ‘Love of Nature’ …

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The Journey Part 2 – Love Grows

Tues. June 12/07 ‘Cookie Time’ with DanielFeeling grumpy today. The dog is the only one Who’ll listen to me. He knows I feed him By personal, Not public, Contract. It’s not just the loyalty, But the lawlessness of it That we love In a dog. In the last post I suggested, as a remedy for …

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The Journey Part 1 (of 8) – Love is Personal

This is the first in what will be a series of weekly posts in which I’ll explore the possibilities and difficulties in understanding the systems of Nature on a personal level. If it is true, as many of us believe in our hearts, that only a stronger Love of Nature can guide us out of …

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One Time: No Future Without Understanding the Deep Past as a Visceral Present

“I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection, in order to mark its relation to man’s power of selection. We have seen that man by selection can certainly produce great results, and can adapt organic beings to his own uses, through the accumulation …

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One From the Start

Sun. July 8/07    A Christmas message from a Buddhadharma practitioner. At this time, when the sun is returning after deepening darkness, we are being invited to reach into our own silent depths, and here to find the embers of sharing and love. We are invited to find and nurture them, that they might contribute to …

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