I’m working on making finished written products out of this material and the ongoing thoughts that stem from it. So far, there are three finished pieces here, plus the book Waterways which can be read on another site.
“Past, Present, and Future on the Little River.” An article published (summer 2008) in the newsletter of the Belmont Citizens Forum, a nonprofit group concerned with environment and infrastructure. It’s about the history of the Fresh Pond Marshes and reflections deriving therefrom.
“Mind Is Part of the Ecosystem.” A talk delivered at a conference on “Evolution, the Environment, and Responsible Knowledge,”at the University of Central Florida, January 2009. This is an attempt to synthesize some of the major ideas I’ve been dealing with — from Robert Rosen, Humberto Maturana & Francisco Varela, Robert Ulanowicz, Gregory Bateson — into a single lecture.
“From Laplace’s Demon to a New Consensus.” A talk delivered at Simmons College, February 2009. A ruthlessly concise version of the above, boiled down into a reduction, with a different emphasis, this time on language.
The major outcome of this work is a short book titled Waterways: Imagining a Human Place in Nature. It can be found, in its entirety, at this link: http://lpei2.wordpress.com.
Waterways alternates between chapters that include, or are entirely made up of, personal experience and chapters of a more theoretical, conceptual nature. The experiential chapters are my explorations of boundary zones, within biking distance of where I live, where water flows through interstices in the humanly constructed environment. The more conceptual chapters develop an argument about how we think about our relationship with nature: they discuss the history of water in the American West, contemporary systems biology on the nature of life, “autopoiesis” and how human awareness emerges from our biology, ecological theory, insights into human cognition from recent neuroscience. The book ends with thoughts on how to apply the insights I’ve developed in everyday life.
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