Posts Tagged ‘wikipedia’


the power of none.

January 17, 2008

“We found in our study that under certain assumptions by the year 2100, 950 to 1,800 bird species may be imperiled or even driven to extinction by climate change and habitat destruction,” said lead author Walter Jetz of the University of California, Davis. “Most of these species are currently not recognized as imperiled.”

it is sad, but it’s almost not worth commenting on the environment to me, namely the extinction of various species. i know as my mother would say, my defeatist attitude is a large part of the problem. we really CAN make a difference, etc etc. there was a time in my life when i believed this. i was incredibly young and naive however. it seems this world is in such a downward spiral of consumption and destruction that whatever action or action i do not take, or encourage my friends to make, really has no impact. i know what gandhi said, “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.” i know about the hundredth monkey effect*, yet still i feel powerless. maybe this will change as i get older, my apathy will dissolve and i will return to the hopeful yippie mindset i once had. i somehow doubt this, as every new thing i learn about the world only solidifies our ultimate destruction of it.

so i will sit back and watch… keep contributing my $20 a month to the WWF [whoop de doo, that really eases my guilty conscious as a human being] and shed a tear every time i hear of an amazing part of nature that we will never see again on this planet disappears.

gogo dodo.

can you believe i was in this picture?


we did a far more impressive one years earlier but i can’t find a picture. [it’s a tree, which you cant tell, but the other one was larger and more aerial.]

* wiki had some interesting things to say about the hundredth monkey…

An analysis of the appropriate literature by Ron Amundson, published by the Skeptics Society, revealed several key points that demystified the supposed effect. Unsubstantiated claims that there was a sudden and remarkable increase in the proportion of washers in the first population were exaggerations of a much slower, more mundane effect. Rather than all monkeys mysteriously learning the skill it was noted that it was predominantly younger monkeys that learned the skill from the older monkeys through the usual means of imitation; older monkeys who did not know how to wash tended not to learn. As the older monkeys died and younger monkeys were born the proportion of washers naturally increased. The time span between observations were in the order of years. Claims that it spread suddenly to other isolated populations of monkeys ignore the fact at least one washing monkey swam to another population and spent about four years there. It is also to be noted that the sweet potato was not available to the monkeys prior to human intervention: it is not at all surprising that isolated populations of monkeys started to wash potatoes in a similar time frame once they were made available.

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. -Gandhi


my word!

January 10, 2008

i had a pretty good time the other day researching just what ‘the vapours’ are after i realized i had no idea. i love you, wikipedia.

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