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  • Manifest Destiny

    ONE OF THE PENALTIES OF AN ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION IS THAT ONE LIVES ALONE IN A WORLD OF WOUNDS. — ALDO LEOPOLD   The landscape of 19th century America, the landscape that produced Abbey, Carson, and Leopold, was markedly different from… Read More ›

  • Abbey, Carson, and Leopold: An Introduction

    I HAVE READ MANY DEFINITIONS OF WHAT IS A CONSERVATIONIST, AND WRITTEN NOT A FEW MYSELF, BUT I SUSPECT THAT THE BEST ONE IS WRITTEN NOT WITH A PEN, BUT WITH AN AXE. IT IS A MATTER OF WHAT A… Read More ›

  • Five Minds for the Future

    Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner (2008) For years I’ve used Howard Gardner’s seminal essay, “Multiple Intelligences,” in my freshman composition courses. It’s a fine example of the comparison-contrast mode of expository writing using a point-by-point structure; moreover,… Read More ›

  • Understanding Media

    Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man Critical Edition by Marshall McLuhan (1964) Edited by W. Terrence Gordon (2003) In this, the book that catapulted him to the world stage of philosophic frontiers, McLuhan looks to the likes of W.B. Yeats,… Read More ›

  • The Gutenberg Galaxy

    The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man by Marshall McLuhan (1962) From Shakespeare’s Lear to Joyce’s Finnegans, Marshall McLuhan shows how the printing press moved Western man from the hot, hyperesthetic world of the ear to the cool, neutral… Read More ›

  • One Brain :: Brian Eno

    Brian Eno: His Music and the Vertical Color of Sound by Eric Tamm (1995) Many are creative, and most of us are productive in some way, but few people are both creative and productive. Brian Eno is the exception —… Read More ›

  • The Dancing Wu Li Masters

    The Dancing Wu Li Masters An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav (1979) PHYSICS = WU LI Wu Li = Patterns of Organic Energy Wu Li = My Way Wu Li = Nonsense Wu Li = I Clutch… Read More ›

  • Zen Physics

    Zen Physics: The Science of Death, the Logic of Reincarnation by David Darling (1996) I’m a dualist — can’t help it, always have been — no matter how eloquently Hofstadter tells me that I am a strange loop. And I… Read More ›

  • A Tale of Two Planets

    A visible tremor rippled the length of Zircon’s foot when the sensory tentacle found his skirt.  Immediately, though with a hint of reluctance, he retracted an optical tentacle from the quartz porthole above his head and flashed the customary “Who… Read More ›

  • Pathways to Bliss

    Pathways to Bliss Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell (2004)   Well known for admonishing his students to “follow your bliss,” Joseph Campbell spent a lifetime following his. A few quotes from David Kudler’s posthumous collection of Campbell’s later… Read More ›