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All poets are political. We are political by our noise and by our silence. When a poet writes about trees, she is being political both by what she chooses to write about and what she chooses not to write about.


Geology Makes You Time-Literate

We are navigating recklessly toward our future using conceptions of time as primitive as a world map from the 14th century. …As a species, we have a childlike disinterest and partial disbelief in the time before our appearance on Earth.
Just as the microscope and telescope extended our vision into spatial realms once too minuscule or too immense for us to see, geology provides a lens through which we can witness time in a way that transcends the limits of our human experiences.


Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped

Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi, and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another.

Trees talk and share resources right under our feet, using a fungal network nicknamed the Wood Wide Web. Some plants use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals.


The writer’s ability to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange, and to mystify the familiar — all this is the test of her or his power.
Art invites us to take the journey beyond price, beyond costs into bearing witness to the world as it is and as it should be.
Art reminds us that we belong here. And if we serve, we last. My faith in art rivals my admiration for any other discourse. Its conversation with the public and among its various genres is critical to the understanding of what it means to care deeply and to be human completely. I believe.


Life is not what one lived,
but what one remembers and how one remembers it
in order to recount it.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Keynote speaker John Seely Brown's 2019 commencement address

Today, we are at the beginning of another new era: the Imagination Age – an age that calls for new ways to see, to imagine, to think, to act, to learn, and one that, I will argue, also calls for us to re-examine the foundations of our way of being – being human – and what it means to be human. Yes, this is a different world – a world in which skills matter, tools matter, but integrity and authenticity are also required.


How to predict the future

Reliable insight into the #future is possible, however. It just requires a style of thinking that’s uncommon among experts who are certain that their deep knowledge has granted them a special grasp of what is to come…
The best #forecasters, by contrast, view their own ideas as hypotheses in need of testing. If they make a bet and lose, they embrace the logic of a loss just as they would the reinforcement of a win. This is called, in a word, #learning.


All poets are political. We are political by our noise and by our silence. When a poet writes about trees, she is being political both by what she chooses to write about and what she chooses not to write about.


Not everyone
is guilty,
but everyone
is responsible.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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