What Are Our Bodies? Chris Fields

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Our bodies, like our minds, appear to us to be separate individuals, distinct from the bodies of other people. From an evolutionary perspective, however, this is not true. Considering our bodies from the perspective of deep evolutionary time, it is clear that they are not distinct from, but are rather continuous with, the bodies of other people and indeed of all other organisms. Our cell membranes and the cytoplasm they enclose are continuous with the membranes and cytoplasm of the very first cells. We and all of the organisms we see around us are appendages, organs, and sensory surfaces of a single, planetary-scale, almost 4 billion year-old organism that is exploring and altering the physical environment of Earth. What we call “evolution” is the developmental process of this organism from one to trillions of cells. We have only the most minimal understanding of this developmental process. However, rethinking our bodies from this deep-time perspective is perhaps useful for rethinking our minds and self-identities.

New Paradigm of Animal Consciousness

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Far more animals than previously thought likely have consciousness, top scientists say in a new declaration — including fish, lobsters and octopus

Indigenous Knowledge & Climate Crisis: Nonette Royo

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Robust Indigenous and local land rights are vital for managing forests, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity, and improving livelihoods

Indigenous Solar Eclipse Stories From Across Turtle Island

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From rodents of unusual size to flaming arrows, communities across North America share solar eclipse traditions

Chasing Cicadas

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Amid the cacophony of a cicada emergence, Anisa George reflects on her choice to leave the Bahá’í faith and its promise of a new civilization

The Possibilities of Regeneration

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Origins of regenerative agriculture, offering a story that is both new and ancient in its roots

Ghost Pipe, Illness, and Mycoheterotrophy

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No matter how sick I feel, I’m still afire with a need to do something for my living

Listening to Stones: Little Bear

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Little Bear believes there is an unspoken language that makes it possible to bridge every worldview

Love as the Ground of Being

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Iain McGilchrist and Rowan Williams discuss the limits of materialism.

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