Reflections on Water and Oil

The meaning of water might be approached best in comparison with the other liquid to which we are all beholden: oil. by David Orr edited by O Society July 22, 2019 Water as rain, ice, lakes, rivers, and seas shapes our landscape. But oil has shaped the modern mindscape, with its fascination and addiction to speed and accumulation. … Continue reading Reflections on Water and Oil

Do our pets ever really love us – or do they just stick around for the food?

We dote on our cats and dogs, but is it a one-way relationship? Here’s what science tells us about how to decode their emotions, whether they are avoiding us or getting a little too amorous with our legs by Jules Howard edited by O Society July 18, 2019 It is almost a year to the … Continue reading Do our pets ever really love us – or do they just stick around for the food?

Snow Leopard Family Gathering Rare footage from a research camera in the Upper Spiti landscape in Himachal Pradesh, India, shows a wild snow leopard mother and her grown cubs. On the treacherous slopes of the Himalayas, no hunter other than the Snow Leopard would have a chance of catching such agile prey as the Markhor. edited by … Continue reading Snow Leopard Family Gathering

The Spell of Inner Speech

Blind Jack But driving home “Butch” Weldy and Jack McGuire, Who were roaring full, made me fiddle and fiddle To the song of Susie Skinner, while whipping the horses Till they ran away.          5 Blind as I was, I tried to get out As the carriage fell in the ditch, And was caught in the … Continue reading The Spell of Inner Speech

A New View of Time

by Lee Smolin edited by O Society July 5, 2019 During the last century, science is transformed by several simultaneous revolutions: In physics, relativity and quantum theory utterly change our understanding of nature. Yet these twin revolutions initiated by Einstein are mutually discordant, which tells us they are not yet complete. Biology also is doubly … Continue reading A New View of Time

Do I Contradict Myself? On Autopoiesis

edited by O Society July 1, 2019 The term autopoiesis (from Greek αὐτo- (auto-), meaning 'self', and ποίησις (-poiesis), meaning 'creation, production') refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. The original definition can be found in Autopoiesis and Cognition: the Realization of the Living (1st edition 1973, 2nd 1980): autopoiesis: It was in these … Continue reading Do I Contradict Myself? On Autopoiesis