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On Being Lost

Most people are not lost. Everything we do in space and time has been done before, and the travelers and their outfitters left signs. When we encounter the…

The Notion of Nowhere

Where, exactly, is the middle of nowhere? What is it? “Not in or to any place; not anywhere,” if we’re to trust Google. Also: “a place that is…

Life Doesn’t Find a Way

Small flowers and moss grow from the cracks in a concrete stairway near my house. The stairway isn’t used anymore—the door at the top is boarded—and the plants…

The Loss of Cod and Liberty

A New England angler argues that cod have never been more abundant; that limiting their harvest is a cultural attack, not scientific necessity1. In the Gulf of Mexico,…

How Special Are We, Really?

On the one hand, not very. The universe is massive. A single light year is 5.8 trillion miles long. The closest solar system to our own is 4…

Are You Bothered By Extinction?

Extinction rates are difficult to measure. We don’t know exactly how many species exist, and we don’t know how fast they’re dying off, or when. Scientists have guessed….

The Dregs

My backyard neighbor is a military research institute. It’s a spacious facility, with many wings and layers. There are a few big satellite dishes that you can see…

What Have We Done With Stardust – Part Two

The question is so important I think the news should make frequent reference to it, perhaps as a mandatory tagline, e.g. “The New York Times  – What We Have Done…

Inelegant Separation

Ideas of class and elegance are predicated, at least partially, on separation from the natural world (or the illusion of separation). We hide our privates, for “decency.” We…

B is for Blog, not Bluebell

Attachment for acorn. Broadband for bluebell. Bullet-point, celebrity, and chatroom for catkin, dandelion, and pasture. These were some of the changes included in the most recent edition of…