Conclusion and Strategies ~ Resilience

Photo by Cedric Shannon

Part 1. — Fundamentalism, the lipid cycle, and how nutrition is essentially about communication.

Part 2. — The carbon cycles

Part 3. — The water cycles


“Rural America is a colony, and its economy is a colonial economy…The business of America has been largely and without apology the plundering of rural America, from which everything of value — minerals, timber, farm animals, farm crops, and “labor” — has been taken at the lowest possible price.”

Carbon sequestration in soil cannot absolve our addiction to fossil fuels.

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Recently, Kiss The Ground put out a documentary out on Netflix. In the spirit of honest discussion, I affirm the effort to bring to light how our system of food production is broken and ecologically disastrous, and yet cannot subscribe to the notion that fixing our agricultural issues will remedy our entire global climate crisis. As much as I want to support efforts like Kiss The Ground and appreciate their emphasis on how essential the care for our soil is, they may end up causing more harm by making claims that are too good to be true. Carbon sequestration within…

The water cycles

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Part 1. — Fundamentalism, the lipid cycle, and how nutrition is essentially about communication.

Part 2. — The carbon cycles


Part 4. — Conclusions and strategies ~ resilience

Now the sun, moving as it does, sets up processes of change and becoming and decay, and by its agency the finest and sweetest water is every day carried up and is dissolved into vapour and rises to the upper region, where it is condensed again by the cold and so returns to the earth (Aristotle, Meteorologica).

I have spent a great deal of my writing…

The carbon cycles

Lego Trees, photo by Cedric Shannon

Part 1. — Fundamentalism, the lipid cycle, and how nutrition is essentially about communication.


Part 3. — The water cycles

Part 4. — Conclusions and strategies ~ resilience

“The thing the ecologically illiterate don’t realize about an ecosystem,” Kynes said, “is that it’s a system. A system! A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order, a flowing from point to point. If something dams that flow, order collapses. The untrained might miss that collapse until it was too late. That’s…

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Part 2. — The carbon cycles

Part 3. — The water cycle

Part 4. — Conclusions and strategies ~ resilience

Nor is science capable of dealing effectively with nonlinear and complex matters, those fraught with interdependence (climate, economic life, the human body), in spite of its hyped-up successes in the linear domain (physics and engineering), which give it a prestige that has endangered us. (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed Of Procrustes)

I was brought up as a fundamentalist. I was assured that the world view of my…

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How the lingering vestiges of Reductionism keep us from real environmental solutions.

As a kid, I was mesmerized by the idea that space was not flat and time was relative. I devoured stories by Ursula K. Le Guin and Orson Scott Card, whose characters had to wrestle with the implications of space travel at speeds that left individuals to age at different rates. I wanted to know how a tesseract worked exactly. Space, I was told, was a blanket-like entity, which large objects such as stars and black holes had wrinkled by this force called gravity.

The physics fascinated me, but the implications of our world being so different than what we…

By Cedric Shannon

Anni Albers — From the East, 1963

There is no account of neural anatomy or neural physiology that would make sense of an unchanging ‘self’, freely exercising its will. (Sam Harris, Making Sense #181 — The Illusory Self)

…one could spend all of eternity probing the electrical patterns of that computer with an oscilloscope and never find that novel. (Robert Pirsig, Lila p.175)

…the cosmos of the materialist…has shrunk…the whole of life is something more grey, narrow, and trivial than many separate aspects of it. The parts seem greater than the whole. (G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy p. 24)

Back in January, I listened to Sam Harris interviewing Richard…

Ignorance of the ecology of soil has led us to some destructive conclusions for environmental activism.

photo by Cedric Shannon

There is a time to make allies, and there is a time to call out your allies when they make such a serious mistake that they will undo the very goal they strive for. In the conversation over the climate crisis, sustainability, and what should be done to restore our ravaged environment, I am shocked at how little ecology is actually understood or even considered. For the last seventeen years, my family has been in the business of building soil in a perennial permaculture system. We have tapped into the web of trophic cascades. We have tended a micro-ecosystem of…

A playful science fiction romp toying with ideas of consciousness and pandemics.

photo by Nadine Shannon

Jessie opened his eyes, taking a long moment to focus. His brain slowly registered the faces of those within his field of vision, but not his surroundings. Concentrate on the familiar advised some remote part of his brain that remained calm, rational. He took in his companions’ military camouflage, their weapons, grenades, knives, ammo. Familiar, but not pleasant. He wanted to shut his eyes again as memory came pouring back in. Five in his escort. Huge specimens, who didn’t need gear to look intimidating. These were gods; the crowning jewels of genetics and training, no doubt with some illegal cyborg…

A story of crossing chasms.

photo by Alexandr Ivanov

“But Gramma, there’ve been dignitaries from other countries at our performance.”

“I thought you said you were dancing at the college.”

“I did,” sighed Shelly, rolling her eyes with impatience. “A lot of important performances are held at universities.”

Gramma Utha grumbled something incoherent as she slapped the rump of the goat she had just finished milking. The goat was bony but healthy, just like Gramma Utha who had surprising strength in her stringy sinews. Shelly let go of the goat she had been restraining. It was uncanny how those dumb beasts adored Gramma. …

Farmer Sledge

Farmer. Philosopher. Writer. (also author of the very amateur podcast Can Your Beans Do That?)

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