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The Great God Pan, Intelligent Designer? Part-2: But, how can Evolving Ecosystems be Conscious?

A short selection from Essay Seven in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  Personally, I (as a thinking mind) prefer the reflecting pool simile given in Two Buddhas, Part-5 over the other more discrete conceptions of consciousness listed there; for if similes, metaphors, and analogies are also incomplete, they are honestly so. Certainly this one …

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The Great God Pan, Intelligent Designer? Part-1

A short selection from Essay Two in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. Organisms consist of germ cells that transmit heritable information and somatic cells that carry out ordinary functions. Germ cells are not altered by environment, learning, or the morphological changes of a lifetime. This information is lost after each generation. —Weismann’s germ plasm …

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Can HUMANITY ever KNOW ITSELF without first knowing the GREAT GOD PAN? Part 2

A short selection from the Introduction to Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. 95 I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody too? Then there’s a pair of us—don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be a somebody! How public, like a frog, To tell your name the livelong day To an …

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Can HUMANITY ever KNOW ITSELF without first knowing the GREAT GOD PAN? Part 1

A short selection from the Introduction to Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. In essence, the pivotal ‘two trees’ theme is this: A celebration of Nature, and Man, as two sovereign and mutually revealing (phylogenic and techno-genic) ‘evolutions’. . . . I don’t promise, of course, that the book is an easy read if you …

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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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Hiatus

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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The Journey (to Find a Pathway to Global Climate and Conservation Responsibility) Step 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 (to Find a Pathway to Global Climate and Conservation Responsibility) Step 6 of 8 – 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 (to Find a Pathway to Global Climate and Conservation Responsibility) Step 5 of 8 – 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 (to Find a Pathway to Global Climate and Conservation Responsibility) Step 4 of 8 – 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 Step 3’. In …

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