Apologies for my recent absence to those of you who have been following this. I don't have many readers, but according to Google Analytics, those who do visit, spend a considerable time on many of the pages, so I must be doing something right!
I have been massively side-tracked by a controversy
arising from 2 talks removed by TED. My interest and participation in this has made me new on-line friends, invitations to new Facebook groups and ever more links to follow. It's been like a spontaneous Festival of Ideas - fun, thought-provoking, mentally exhausting ( and has raised my optimism levels by several degrees, so I hope to bring back some of this to share with you). The discussion still goes on across many blogs and I see no sign of it ending, but it's time for me to leave now and get back on track with this site.
The break was good because I must now consider where this website is going and who my readers may be.
It started off fairly focussed on perennial plants and permaculture, then evolved into thoughts on the 'bigger picture', and then an unintended foray into fiction with 'Alice'.. Maybe I need to break it up into different media - a new specific website, a FaceBook page.
Areas of focus that I will keep
1. The imperative to transcend the gloom, focus on a perennial (sustainable) future and the visibly manifesting trends and undercurrents effecting this. (both effecting and affecting)
The rapidly increasing spread of permaculture ideas and ethics is a part of this. Others are future studies, conscious evolution, and the restoration of words such as spirit, meaning, sacred, universal love.
I must qualify this by stating that I do not share the conviction that many have that techno-fixes (dangled by biotech-companies and others.) will save us from our crises.
I'm with those who suggest and, in fact prove, that we have many unaccessed and unrealised potentials within our brains, hearts and minds. (This somewhat vague statement will be expanded upon in later posts.)
2. Continuing with Alice's Adventures in Plunderland which is a fictionalized exposure of some of the insanities of current mind-sets and behaviours, twinned with an exploration of more sustainable alternatives within those contexts.
3. New focus. I'm currently reading a New Zealanders' PhD thesis on how to reawaken children's interest in science. One of the models he presents is of scientific literacy nested within ecological literacy. I think this is the way forward. Ecology becoming the queen of science ? (Actually I also quite like the thought of reductionist science embedded in ecological science!)
Arising from these thoughts, on a practical, literally down-to-Earth level , my daughter Jo, and I, are planning to create some kind of blog, visual journal and/or Facebook page of our science 'lessons' in the garden, with Jo's two little girls, Abbie, now five and Katy, two and a half.
This is where all science should begin - in the real world not in a white coat in a laboratory.
"The whole universe of science is built upon the world as directly experienced") PS It would be nice to get some feedback
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