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

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You Know Too

You Know that we eat “other” organisms, right? Not humans! Chickens, chick-peas, cabbages, peaches… Peaches in season are the best! But we’re omnivores, and almost anything edible can be delicious to a human being, other than a human being, if it’s prepared in the way he or she grew up with. Then again, you know …

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You Know

You know, when we utter easy rationalisations like, “Humans are part of Living Nature too”; or “We just have to re-learn how to belong in an ecosystem again, and not take more than our share”; you know when we say these things we are being completely clueless about how ecosystems work. Right? You know when …

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“The devil of complacency is in the ignorance of detail.” This is another post that I’ve resurrected, and updated, from four years back, because it places the Extremophile Choice hypothesis in the context of the broader, and not the more fashionable, ecological discussion. The original has earned more attention from ecological nerdom than many of my other blogposts, so …

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of Whippoorwills and Wolves, a Music Inviolate

I’ve updated this post from four years ago because it seems to speak in voices everybody can identify with. Jennifer Jacquet: Survivor guilt may also exist at a species level. That humans have helped bring on other species’ end times is not an easy feeling to deal with. Small farms on the tattered edges of second- …

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An Unauthorised Rohatsu Rehearsal

I started writing this on December eighth, my brother’s birthday, but also Bodhi Day, which is taken to be Gautama’s enlightenment day in the Buddhist calendar. In Japanese, this day is called ‘Rohatsu’, and it’s celebrated at the end of a week-long Zen meditation period, or ‘Sesshin’. I’ve been practising Zen meditation for 20 years …

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A blog series exploring what it means to be Human in the Natural World. (Basically, a condensed version of the book ‘Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice’.) [MANY OF THESE ENTRIES ARE ALSO TAGGED TO BE SKIPPED OVER ON A FIRST READING]


A blog series of poems and commentary asking the question “Can love of Natural systems ever be personal?” (The answer is yes, no, and maybe.)

Thoughts on the 2022 Ontario Election: the Meaning of LEADERSHIP for Human Beings

[If you came across this post in the TWO BUDDHAS sequence, it’s a diversion that belongs with the main sequence of uncategorised posts; just skip it and go on to the next post.] Many of us are trying to make sense of the desperately apathetic response to the greatest challenge of ALL human history revealed …

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The Leadership Crisis

The average citizen doesn’t follow science close enough to appreciate the threat of climate change, let alone study science close enough to sort truth from misinformation in today’s social media free-for-all. It is the responsibility of government to pay attention to experts, to set policy according to their advice, and to tell constituents the truth. …

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Good morning fellow conservationists, climate activists and rewilders! Well, I think I’ve shot my last bolt for now from the extremophilechoice.com website. There’s nothing new I can feed into our shared new(s)-hungry cyberspace, so I invite you to look over any previous post that interests you, and to engage with me in its comment section …

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