Patterns In Nature : Energy Is Her Operating Currency

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Just Patterns | 0 comments

Patterns In Nature : Energy Is Her Operating Currency

“The Universe is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns.“ – Paul Davies This blog is part of a series of posts that focus on Nature’s organizing principles. The material in each of these posts has been condensed from the text of my new book entitled “Nature’s Patterns: Exploring Her Tangled Web“. The book will be published in both an Amazon Kindle edition and a soft cover edition in September of 2014. The previous blog posts are: Nature’s Tangled Web: In Introduction Everything Is...

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Nature’s Tangled Web – Origins of Her Complexity

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Just Patterns | 4 comments

Nature’s Tangled Web – Origins of Her Complexity

This blog is the fifth in a series of posts that focuses on Nature’s organizing principles. The material in each of these posts has been condensed from the text of my new book entitled “Nature’s Patterns: Exploring Her Tangled Web“. The book will be published in both an Amazon Kindle edition and a soft cover edition later this year. You are encouraged to comment and to offer critiques. I would also love to engage in a dialog with you on these subjects. The previous blog posts are: Blog #1: Nature’s Tangled Web: In...

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Nature’s Tangled Web Is Both Ordered And Chaotic

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Just Patterns | 1 comment

Nature’s Tangled Web Is Both Ordered And Chaotic

This blog is the fourth in a series of posts that focuses on Natures six organizing principles. The material in each of these posts has been condensed from the text of my new book entitled “Nature’s Patterns: Exploring Her Tangled Web“. The book will be published in both an Amazon Kindle edition and a soft cover edition in early June of 2014. The previous blog posts are: Blog #1: Nature’s Tangled Web: In Introduction  Blog #2: Everything Is Connected Blog #3: Nature’s Interconnected Complex Systems Each species,...

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Nature’s Tangled Web : Her Interconnected Complex Systems

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Just Patterns | 3 comments

Nature’s Tangled Web : Her Interconnected Complex Systems

This blog is the third in a series of posts that focuses on Natures six organizing principles. The material in each of these posts has been condensed from the text of my new book entitled “Nature’s Patterns: Exploring Her Tangled Web“. The book will be published in both a Kindle edition and a soft cover edition in early June of 2014. The previous blog posts are: Blog #1: Nature’s Tangled Web  Blog #2: Everything Is Connected  “A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some...

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Nature’s Tangled Web : Everything Is Connected

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Just Patterns | 10 comments

Nature’s Tangled Web : Everything Is Connected

This blog is the first in a series of posts that focuses on Natures six organizing principles. In a previous post  we noted: “It is from the idea that Nature can be defined by the organizing principles of her energy flow that we are able to understand her in a more comprehensive way. These organizing principles are present in all of Nature at all scales and all levels.“ If there is one unifying principle in all of Nature, it is that everything in Nature is connected in some way to everything else. The connections may be physical...

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Patterns In Nature: Her Tangled Web

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Just Patterns | 7 comments

Patterns In Nature:  Her Tangled Web

In 1924, the last wild wolves in Yellowstone National Park were deliberately killed by the US federal government. In carrying out this program of predator eradication, the government unknowingly destroyed a network of Nature’s energy conduits. Important food chains were broken.  The course of running streams and the quality of waterways was hampered or destroyed as the overpopulated deer and elk ate the stream-side aspen, cottonwood, and willow saplings. The result was major changes in the energy flow in local ecosystems and in the...

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Patterns In Nature: Is Isle Royale A Case For Ecological Intervention ?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Just Patterns | 1 comment

Patterns In Nature: Is Isle Royale A Case For Ecological Intervention ?

You would be totally forgiven if you had never heard of Isle Royale National Park. It is an island that is located in Lake Superior in the USA. The park is a designated wilderness site. No vehicles are allowed and only primitive camping is permitted. There is no land bridge but there was an ice bridge in the late 1940s.  Wolves ( and presumably moose ) migrated to the island using this ice bridge. In the 1960s, ice bridges only formed every two out of three winters. However, with global warming, the ice bridges now form about once every 10...

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Patterns In Nature: Some Thoughts On Invasive Species

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Just Patterns | 7 comments

Patterns In Nature: Some Thoughts On Invasive Species

Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful 2014. Throughout my adventures in Nature, I’ve heard the words “invasive species” used extensively by environmentally conscious individuals and organizations as well as those government agencies who oversee public lands. The context in which “invasive species” is used is typically with a connotation of being bad — something that needs to be destroyed. Being the “suspicious scientist” type, I’ve given some thought and done some research on the...

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Patterns In Nature: More Great Conservation Heroes

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Just Patterns | 3 comments

Patterns In Nature: More Great Conservation Heroes

As I do research for my blog posts, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that all is not gloom and doom in the world of conservation.  In between the wolf killings and the ATVs, there are many silent heroes who are making a difference and setting examples for the rest of us. I’ve already noted examples of positive conservation in previous posts. Rachel Carson, shown in the lead picture for this post, is probably the most well known conservation hero. But today, there are many silent and unsung heroes.  In this post, I offer some...

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Patterns In Nature: Biofuels and Biofeed – The Great Land Grab

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Just Patterns | 2 comments

Patterns In Nature: Biofuels and Biofeed – The Great Land Grab

  Recently, my eye caught an Associated Press article entitled “Prairies Vanish In The US Push For Green Energy“ . The sub-title under the lead photo of a farmer inspecting an ear of corn stated that: “Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he’s not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn.“ As I read this quote, my mind’s red flags went up and alarm bells sounded. This statement was a lot like...

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