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Multiple Perspectives on Nature, Landscape, Beauty, Art, Architecture with Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
Curated by Anne Caspari
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How Flowers Changed the World

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Somewhere, just a short time before the close of the Age of Reptiles, there occurred a soundless, violent explosion. It lasted millions of years, but it was an explosion, nevertheless. It marked the emergence of the angiosperms—the flowering plants, Even the great evolutionist, Charles Darwin, called them “an abominable mystery,” because they appeared so suddenly and spread so fast.

Flowers changed the face of the planet.


Without them, the world we know—even man himself—would never have existed. 

Anne Caspari's insight:

I love this quote from the English Poet Francis Thompson 

"you cannot pluck a flower without troubling a star".  

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Integrating Whitehead: Towards an Environmental Ethic

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Creativity! That is the cosmic interval between matter and form. Creativity is the Ultimate Ground out of which matter emerges into form. This mysterious process of emergence is the driving force behind the Kosmos. Somehow, matter (and I will argue consciousness) is destined to organize itself into more and more complex forms. Emergence! Emergence is not a how. It is a what. Emergence only describes what happens; it cannot account for how new forms come into being. Nevertheless, to come into the clearing and find even this insight: stuff emerges--and to scream from your heart "EMERGENCE!," as Whitehead did--is to incite riot. It is to climb upon the roof of scientific materialism and shout to the people below that which they have longed for centuries to hear. Upon hearing this message, there is a stirring, a ruffling of being, an allurement to a deeper perspective, an uncovering of something forbidden and dangerous.

What could be more anti-establishment than to pronounce "creativity" as the very fabric of the universe? Whitehead as revolutionary! A rebel--taking a stand against a tradition much larger than himself. Equipped only with looking deeply into his experience and reporting as accurately as he could with the tools he had, that which he found there, Whitehead waved the banner of emergence and articulated his "philosophy of organism." Whitehead was asking for a new age, a new way of conceiving the interval between matter and form, a new way of perceiving of our relationship in the cosmos. Let us climb upon the roof with him and usher in this revolution of being-in-the-world.

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The Kind of Business Leadership We Need for Our Evolution

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The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University's Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) - designed for students who want to...
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Interior and Exterior

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The Evolution of Consciousness is nothing short of the evolution of everything we experience on the gross and subtle planes. Biological evolution is not separate from this. For it is the nucleus (governing center of consciousness) of any sentient holon that dictates the *use of resources* of that holon thus altering the structural landscape of its matter-energy composition irrevocably. Mind and matter are but the interior and exterior of a single unfolding. (Leo Marrs)

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Erotic Evolution: Birds of Paradise

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One of the things I love about evolutionary theory is just how sexy or erotic it is. From evolutionary you learn just what sexy beasts there are out there in the world. It really ticks me off when ...
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Of Forests and Men [US - Edward Norton]

Yann Arthus-Bertrand was appointed by the United Nations to produce the official film for the International Year of Forests.  
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Five Wisdoms = Evolutionary Intelligences for Sustainability of ...

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The Experience Integral Conference incorporated powerful practitioners and technologies into its design for the Embodying Integral Sustainability Conference. Five Wisdoms was a new approach for Integral City to working ...
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