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

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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Indigi-Futurism

Marvel has just released a movie called Black Panther, 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’ in white male dominated science fiction. Black …

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First, Let’s be Pragmatic. And Then…

Is there a pragmatic argument for viewing ourselves as ‘adaptive extremophiles’ who move persistently to extricate ourselves as far as possible from dependency on resources that deplete or displace prime Natural habitat? How about this argument: The problem “in practice” is that anything less is negotiable. History shows that Humans always come first, and Nature second, when jobs …

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Maybe McLuhan had it right

This is from the Extremophile Niche Design page: Given the consistent range of human nature persisting throughout history, it seems unlikely that promoting a wide-spread love of Nature as a prerequisite for saving the Natural world will be enough to get the job done. The good news is that this might not be necessary, for …

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of Whippoorwills and Wolves, a Music Inviolate

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- or third-growth forest, where the whippoorwill’s vesper song from a much deeper past can still be heard occasionally, …

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Beethoven’s Fire

This is the frontispiece from my new book (pdf and epub versions for sale on the Extremophile Publishing page; Kindle version available on Amazon), Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice: If, in understandable frustration over the effort involved, you were to ask me why I think it’s important to learn about something as intuitive as …

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