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

Ken Christenson

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An Elders Appeal for Immediate Action on Climate Change

The following is my attempt at a fairly comprehensive synopsis of various exchanges with Frank Thompson, Merry Bridges, and Stephen Héder in Parry Sound Ont. (The formal petition with abridged wording is available for signing at the bottom) The petition, and this longer blog post, are meant to support both the Student Climate Campaign and …

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About Pipelines, Again: The Video

Terry and Ken “interview” number 4. Terry gets to speak this time. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS CONVERSATION TOOK PLACE BEFORE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ANNOUNCED WE ONLY HAD 12 YEARS TO BRING CARBON EMISSIONS DOWN TO A SAFE LEVEL. An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his …

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Indigi-Futurism, the Video

“[McLuhan’s maelstrom story] is a marvelous metaphor for the way to keep one’s head above water in a changing world. Rather than be sucked into a yawning, gaping mess, be nimble and analyze the broader scope of what’s going on. Don’t hang on to something that’s going to drag you down. You may not like …

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Science, Philosophy, and the Media: Why the Extremophile Choice is such a hard sell

  “A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”  — Marshal McLuhan  “Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced” — Alfred North Whitehead  God, I love to talk about ‘Natural Philosophy’! Terry hardly gets a word in edgewise. But you’ll …

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Terry and I Discuss Rewilding for a small (500 acre) property bordered on three sides by crown land

The end of this clip has been cut off (Camera timed out). But you can assume that, following the very last comment, “SO MY ONLY PROPOSAL IS THAT WE LIMIT THOSE THINGS [referring to humanized ecosystems]” I finished the sentence by saying: “AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND AS FAR AS PRESENT TECHNOLOGIES ALLOW”. Or you can …

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A Little Hope

Oh solemn-beating heart of Nature! I have knowledge that thou art bound unto man’s by cords he cannot sever; and, what time they are slackened by him ever, so to attest his own supernal part, still runneth thy vibration fast and strong the slackened cord along. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The following is an excerpt from …

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The Problem with Confusing Environmentalism and Conservation

www.knowswhy.com /difference-between-ecology-and-ecosystem/ : Ecology is the study of the interaction between organisms and their environment. The word ecology comes from the Greek words “oikos” meaning house and “logos” meaning word or study. Ecology today can be divided into two broad domains. The author Christian Lévêque uses the terms population ecology and systemic ecology to refer …

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Extremophile Choice View of KM Pipeline

J. B. MacKinnon: 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 less important to choose a baseline than it is to choose a direction. …

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The Importance of a Body for Artificial Intelligence

Diana Kwon (Scientific American, March 2018, p 29): … recently, roboticist Angelo Cangelosi of the University of Plymouth in England and Linda B. Smith, a developmental psychologist at Indiana University Bloomington, have demonstrated how crucial the body is for procuring knowledge. “The shape of the [robot’s] body, and the kinds of things it can do, …

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Marvel has just released a movie called Black Panther [This was written in 2018 of course], and this has got a lot of people, myself included, very excited because it introduces a whole new genre that invites us to imagine far futures for cultures and races that, at present, appear only as tokens of ‘diversity’ …

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