I had too much stuff. My machines came from too far away.
Figure from http://kallokain.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html
(Although the top point should really be called “The power to transcend paradigms”)
Leverage points developed by Donella Meadows (1999): “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System”: http://www.sustainer.org/pubs/Leverage_Points.pdf
Although human activity cannot destroy the global ecosystem, we can change it in ways that will be unpleasant for us.
Image by Tom Beddard: http://www.subblue.com/gallery/album/37
Glynn fractal discovered by Earl F. Glynn II, more info here:
Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches; scientists understand its branches but not its roots.
Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but men and women need both.
“Portrait of Alan Watts”
36” x 50”/2007/acrylic on canvas
Also available as an 18”x24” print: http://www.allofthisisforyou.com/store/index.html#alan
But we know very well that this natural universe is neither prickles nor goo exclusively: it’s gooey prickles and prickly goo [and] we’re always playing with the two.
Animated here: http://www.freshminds.com/animation/alan_watts_prickles.html
And explained further in Watts’ essay on “The Nature of Consciousness”:
“Adaptive Mesh Simulation with a Finite Volume shallow water model (St-Cyr, Jablonowski et al., MWR 2008). The figure shows the relative vorticity field at day 6 of a barotropically unstable wave.”
Organisms are resilient patterns in a turbulent flow
Quote in context: “Imagine a child playing in a woodland stream, poking a stick into an eddy in the flowing current, thereby disrupting it. But the eddy quickly reforms. The child disperses it again. Again it reforms, and the fascinating game goes on. There you have it! Organisms are resilient patterns in a turbulent flow—patterns in an energy flow…. It is becoming increasingly clear that to understand living systems in any deep sense, we must come to see them not materialistically, as machines, but as stable, complex, dynamic organization.”
— Carl R. Woese. 2004. “A New Biology for a New Century.” Microbiol Mol Biol Rev. 2004 June; 68(2): 173–186. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC419918/
Mitosis II in Drosophila melanogaster embryo
”Fluorescent microscopy image of a Drosophila melanogaster embryo, 160x magnification. Green is DNA in mitosis, red is a nuclear protein.”
“This fruitfly embryo is expressing a green fluorescent protein attached to a histone (one of the proteins DNA wraps around). The red staining is done by using an antibody staining. This image was taken with a wide field fluorescent microscope.”
We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves. A pattern is a message, and may be transmitted as a message
Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.
Poster by Schule Lewis, based on a quote from Edward R. Harrison:
That the natural state of the human spirit is ecstatic wonder! That we should not settle for less!