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

Ken Christenson

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Can Humanity KNOW ITSELF without Knowing the GREAT GOD PAN? Part-3: Learning Intimacy from the God-Of-All-Tribes,

The last section of Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice begins. PART V —The Extremophile Choice The rewilding of the tortoise in its ancient habitat represents not only the species’ slow drift away from extinction, but an overall movement toward a more plentiful world. What the bolson tortoise reminds us is that it is ultimately …

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Young Buddha Speaks, Part-3:  The Name Game.

A short selection from Essay Thirty-nine in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. We are between stories. —Thomas Berry [1] Our stories aren’t real. But we know this only in that ‘dumb’ part of the brain that’s been left out of the game to engage the moment directly, while the awareness that can be named …

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Young Buddha, Part -2: The Living World is Overturned — along with Mankind’s Inner World

A short selection from Essay Thirty-eight in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  What I cannot create, I do not understand. (Written on Richard Feynman’s blackboard at the time of his death.) There is one consequence of a supercharged mirror neuron system (See last two Essays, 36 and 37) with the ability to impersonate inanimate …

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Old Buddha’s Gift, Part-6: The ‘Sympathy’ of Bodymind

A short selection from Essay Thirty-seven in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. 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 …

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Young Buddha at Home, Part-5: Three Common Mistakes we have all Made

My contribution to this essay is quite short, but the quote by Kassewitz, which works in counterpoint to my propositions on original human nature, double the length. All of Essay Thirty-Six in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. The “exo-holographic” part of the acronym [SPEL, meaning: Sono-Pictorial Exo-holographic Language] derives from the fact that the …

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Young Buddha Speaks, Part-2:  a Far More Voracious Creativity.

Sorry, this little essay is a “mouthful” yes. But that’s the point, you see. Please read to the bottom. All of Essay Thirty-five in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. When we claim to describe what’s Really going on by our words, no matter how beautiful, such words are already in error. Truth simply cannot …

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Young Buddha Speaks, Part-1: Kick-Starting a ‘Verbal Selection Process’ for Ramifying Thought

A short selection from Essay Thirty-four in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. Wind back the tape of life to the early days of the Burgess Shale; let it play again from an identical starting point, and the chance becomes vanishingly small that anything like human intelligence would grace the replay.  —Stephen Jay Gould [1] …

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Old Buddha’s Gift, Part-5: Young Buddha Finds a Trinket

A short selection from Essay Thirty-three in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. … though commoners have no method of ‘beating the cart’ … on the way of the Buddha … this is the very eye of study … it should not be equivalent to ‘beating the ox’ —Dogen [1] If you have any doubts …

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Old Buddha’s Gift, Part-4: Young Buddha Explores the Subtle Body

A short selection from Essay Thirty-two in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. Therefore, since the truth seems to be like the proverbial door, which no one can fail to hit, in this respect it must be easy, but the fact that we can have a whole truth and not the particular part we aim …

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Old Buddha’s Gift, Part-3: Young Buddha Plays with the Absurd

A short selection from Essay Thirty-one in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. It may very well be that in our conscious inner lives the interplay among the senses is what constitutes the sense of touch. Perhaps touch is not just skin contact with things, but the very life of things in the mind? —McLuhan …

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