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Matters of Care — University of Minnesota Press
"Matters of Care presents a powerful challenge to conventional notions of care, exploring its significance as an ethical and political obligation for thinking in the more than human worlds of technoscience and naturecultures. A singular contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary debate, it expands agency beyond the human to ask how our understandings of care must shift if we broaden the world. "
book  publisher  ethics-of-care  care-work  nature  culture 
july 2018 by tsuomela
Nature - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
Useful comments on Latour and Morton re: their concept of nature.
nature  language  philosophy 
june 2017 by tsuomela
Picturing the Cosmos — University of Minnesota Press
"Picturing the Cosmos examines the Hubble’s deep space images, highlighting the resemblance they bear to nineteenth-century paintings and photographs of the American West and their invocation of the visual language of the sublime. Strikingly illustrated, this book reveals the scientific, aesthetic, and cultural significance of the Hubble pictures, offering an understanding of how they shape our ideas about the cosmos. "
book  publisher  astronomy  hubble  images  imagery  sublime  nature 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Biodiversity Heritage Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community."
library  biology  biological-sciences  diversity  biodiversity  environment  ecology  nature 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Virginia Master Naturalist Program Home
"Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service."
nature  environment  volunteer  organization  citizen-science  expertise  certification 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Nature Abounds Home
"Nature Abounds™, a national 501c3 non-profit organization, brings people together for a healthy planet.  Nature Abounds™ serves as a center where people can connect with like-minded people interested in protecting the environment and in taking action for a healthier planet. To do so, we:"
nature  environment  volunteer  organization  citizen-science 
march 2014 by tsuomela
The Nature of Science in Science Education - Rationales and Strategies
"The Nature of Science in Science Education: Rationales and Strategies is the first book to blend a justification for the inclusion of the history and philosophy of science in science teaching with methods by which this vital content can be shared with a variety of learners. The book provides a definition of the elements of the nature of science applicable in instruction with a range of methods by which students and teachers can experience aspects of this important field. T"
book  publisher  education  science  pedagogy  teaching  philosophy  nature 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Why Are Environmentalists Taking Anti-Science Positions? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360
"On issues ranging from genetically modified crops to nuclear power, environmentalists are increasingly refusing to listen to scientific arguments that challenge standard green positions. This approach risks weakening the environmental movement and empowering climate contrarians."
environment  environmental  movement  ideology  natural  nature  social  anthropocene  science  modernization 
december 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Review: Woodhouse on Turner's *The Promise of Wilderness*
"Review of James Morton Turner's, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964 (University of Washington Press, 2012)."
book  review  environment  history  intellectual  law  politics  movement  activism  nature  philosophy  2h20c 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases -
If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.
environment  ecology  biology  disease  epidemiology  epidemics  nature  evolution  geography 
july 2012 by tsuomela
[1207.2743] The evolutionary origins of modularity
"A central biological question is how natural organisms are so evolvable (capable of quickly adapting to new environments). A key driver of evolvability is the widespread modularity of biological networks--their organization as functional, sparsely connected subunits--but there is no consensus regarding why modularity itself evolved. While most hypotheses assume indirect selection for evolvability, here we demonstrate that the ubiquitous, direct selection pressure to reduce the cost of connections between network nodes causes the emergence of modular networks. Experiments with selection pressures to maximize network performance and minimize connection costs yield networks that are significantly more modular and more evolvable than control experiments that only select for performance. These results will catalyze research in numerous disciplines, including neuroscience, genetics and harnessing evolution for engineering purposes. "
evolution  modularity  networks  connection  biology  nature 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Open the Future: Ambition
"And that's the underlying irony of this debate: the only way to truly re-wild the Earth would be to do active management" Annotated link
environment  future  nature  definition 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Human nature & economic recovery
In many ways (not all), he shows, our idea of what is “human nature” is in fact drawn from a very unrepresentative sample of “weird” (western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic) people.
human  nature  psychology  bias 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Birding News and Features — eBird
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
citizen-science  birds  science  nature  environment  participation  biology  school(Cornell) 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Join The Hunt for Bees! | The Great Sunflower Project
In 2008, we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations. We wanted to enlist people all over the US and Canada to observe their bees and be citizen scientists. We asked them to plant sunflowers in their gardens so we could standardize study of bee activity and provide more resources for bees. Sunflowers are relatively easy to grow and are wildly attactive to bees.
citizen-science  biology  bees  science  online  projects  ecology  nature 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Freshwater Society -- Fighting water pollution and advocating for sustainability
The Freshwater Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people to value, conserve and protect all water resources.
non-profit  minnesota  environment  nature  organizations  science  water 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Green Museum - Environmental Art Museum
Much environmental art is ephemeral (made to disappear or transform), designed for a particular place (and can't be moved) or involves collaborations between artists and others, such as scientists, educators or community groups (distributed ownership). These variables can make exhibiting this work difficult for traditional museums so we created an online museum for global the environmental art movement.
art  environment  museum  ecology  gallery  green  nature  installation  sustainability  public  landscape  contemporary 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism
In response to the charge that methodological naturalism in science logically requires the a priori adoption of a naturalistic metaphysics, I examine the question whether methodological naturalism entails philosophical (ontological or metaphysical) naturalism. I conclude that the relationship between methodological and philosophical naturalism, while not one of logical entailment, is the only reasonable metaphysical conclusion given (1) the demonstrated success of methodological naturalism, combined with (2) the massive amount of knowledge gained by it, (3) the lack of a method or epistemology for knowing the supernatural, and (4) the subsequent lack of evidence for the supernatural. The above factors together provide solid grounding for philosophical naturalism, while supernaturalism remains little more than a logical possibility.
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  religion  theology  theory  supernatural  teleology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Methodological Naturalism? Part 1. Origins & Design 18:1. Plantinga, Alvin
The philosophical doctrine of methodological naturalism holds that, for any study of the world to qualify as "scientific," it cannot refer to God's creative activity (or any sort of divine activity). The methods of science, it is claimed, "give us no purchase" on theological propositions--even if the latter are true--and theology therefore cannot influence scientific explanation or theory justification. Thus, science is said to be religiously neutral, if only because science and religion are, by their very natures, epistemically distinct. However, the actual practice and content of science challenge this claim. In many areas, science is anything but religiously neutral; moreover, the standard arguments for methodological naturalism suffer from various grave shortcomings.
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  religion  theology  teleology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Scientific Explanation (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Models: DN Deductive-Nomological (Hempel); SR - Statistical Relevance; CM - Causal Mechanical; unification
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  history  causation  model  theory  statistics  deduction 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Theories of Explanation [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Possible theories: realist (explained entities exist); epistemic (explanations are useful for organizing human experience); ordinary language (explanations are useful for communication); cognitive science (explanations are a kind of mental representation that result from cognition).
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology  cognitive-science  ordinary-language 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Naturalism [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Naturalism is an approach to philosophical problems that interprets them as tractable through the methods of the empirical sciences or at least, without a distinctively a priori project of theorizing.
philosophy  science  explanation  nature  naturalism  epistemology  methodology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Traditionally, analytic philosophers writing on aesthetics have given short shrift to nature. The last thirty years, however, have seen a steady growth of interest in this area. The essays and books now available cover central philosophical issues concerning the nature of the aesthetic and the existence of norms for aesthetic judgement. They also intersect with important issues in environmental philosophy. More recent contributions have opened up new topics, such as the relationship between natural sound and music, the beauty of animals, and the aesthetics of gardens. Using these materials, it is now easy to include a module on the aesthetics of nature as one part of an introductory course on aesthetics, or even to design an entire upper-level undergraduate or graduate seminar around the topic.
aesthetics  nature  philosophy  beauty  bibliography  list 
july 2009 by tsuomela
How the city hurts your brain -
The reason such seemingly trivial mental tasks leave us depleted is that they exploit one of the crucial weak spots of the brain. A city is so overstuffed with stimuli that we need to constantly redirect our attention so that we aren't distracted by irrelevant things, like a flashing neon sign or the cellphone conversation of a nearby passenger on the bus. This sort of controlled perception -- we are telling the mind what to pay attention to -- takes energy and effort. The mind is like a powerful supercomputer, but the act of paying attention consumes much of its processing power.
brain  psychology  nature  memory  attention  neuroscience  neurology  urban  city  natural  perception 
january 2009 by tsuomela
The Blue Marble: The Gift of Nature
Walking in a park in any season or even viewing pictures of nature helps improve memory and attention by 20 percent. All it takes is 30 minutes. Even when it's cold. Even when we don't enjoy it. The study by U of Michigan researchers found that effects of interacting with nature are similar to meditating.
psychology  phenomenology  nature  experience  memory 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The Aldo Leopold Archives
Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th Century. Leopold's legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, pri
environment  archive  writers  conservation  nature 
may 2008 by tsuomela

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