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Old 10-10-2014, 01:45 PM   #21
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‘The Meaning of Human Existence’ EO Wilson a NY Times review

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/bo...existence.html
OCT. 9, 2014

THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE
By Edward O. Wilson
207 pages. Liveright. $23.95.

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“Let me offer a metaphor,” he says. “Earth relates to the universe as the second segment of the left antenna of an aphid sitting on a flower petal in a garden in Teaneck, N.J., for a few hours this afternoon.” The Jersey aspect of that put-down really drives in the nail.
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The point of this story is, in a way, the point of this entire book:
“We are all genetic chimeras, at once saints and sinners, champions of the truth and hypocrites — not because humanity has failed to reach some foreordained religious or ideological ideal, but because of the way our species originated across millions of years of biological evolution.”

We may be sitting here on the left antenna of some aphid in Teaneck, in other words, but we are complicated as hell.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:15 PM   #22
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(sigh) Are we not allowed to add links to the NY Times?
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The link works on my computer.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:32 PM   #24
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Thanks Rebek for responding, what ever the problem was, I can see it now.
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Interesting thread...I just found it.

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For the last couple of years I have been experimenting with native plants in containers. Prairie dropseed does well and returns each year and looks good with blacked eyed susan... Trying out some spring additions next year.
It sounds like a great topic for a new thread, Gloria. ~smile~ I'm sure that there are a lot of folks out there that would be interested in container gardening with natives. I did it for years, but more as a mini-nursery than an attractive container garden (although I did try to make it look nice as well).
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Gloria, I got the idea for the pots when I started collecting plants to take when we move and discovered that they're doing fine. The favorite container right now is rudbeckia hirta, switchgrass, and New England aster.
Are you growing the three in one container or separately? I used to grow a couple things in the same container--usually wildflowers at the base of my tree saplings.
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It is an interesting thread...and an important one too...I'd never heard of "the Anthropocene' ideology" until now, and I find it extremely alarming.
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Dap, they're in the same pot. Until I get busy with the lawn strip after we move, we don't have much sun (what a terrible thing to inherit a shade garden of ostrich fern dogwood, and trillium), so my beloved grasses and butterfly landing pads will be in pots on the patio. I just potted up more things this afternoon, some to tuck into the shade garden.
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Dap, they're in the same pot. Until I get busy with the lawn strip after we move, we don't have much sun (what a terrible thing to inherit a shade garden of ostrich fern dogwood, and trillium), so my beloved grasses and butterfly landing pads will be in pots on the patio. I just potted up more things this afternoon, some to tuck into the shade garden.
~smile~

I always imagined mostly woods and wildflowers, but after moving here and finding that the open fields attracted bluebirds, I am focused on the sun loving native grasses and forbs. Interesting what we end up with.

I still want a woodland, and, so far, it is too sparse to really call a woods...so, while I wait, I'm getting more and more excited about creating a native meadow. I now want it much larger than I'd have imagined several years ago. In addition, I want a wetland and pond...I've always wanted a sample of various habitats.

I hope you find a spot for your sun-lovers among your beautiful woodland. The deck will be beautiful in the mean time.
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A maple died in the lawn strip near the street, so we have a roughly 12x20-foot spot in full sun to play with--not to mention room for physocarpus in another area.
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