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What Are Animals Thinking and Feeling?


Have you ever wondered what animals think and feel? Let’s start with a question: Does my dog really love me, or does she just want a treat? Well, it’s easy to see that our dog really loves us, easy to see, right, what’s going on in that fuzzy little head. What is going on? Something’s going on.

But why is the question always do they love us? Why is it always about us? Why are we such narcissists?I found a different question to ask animals. Who are you?

There are capacities of the human mind that we tend to think are capacities only of the human mind. But is that true? What are other beings doing with those brains? What are they thinking and feeling? Is there a way to know? I think there is a way in. I think there are several ways in. We can look at evolution, we can look at their brains and we can watch what they do.Read the rest

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From the Soil to the Sky: Thoughts on “Symphony of the Soil”

The soil, the raw Earth, the meat of our world that lays atop the bones… here is the vitality that underlays all life.

I recently watched the documentary “The Symphony of Soil,” which I will further embed below because it so impressed on me once again the importance – and the mystifying complexity – of the ground beneath our feet.

Soils are formed in a hundred different ways, all with their own chemical composition, and all with their own life. One facet of our massively complicated global ecosystem, each tiny portion so intimately vital to the other. Mycelial networks stretching hundreds of miles, bumping into other networks, forming this intricate dance like a natural Internet, the first Internet, transmitting details of weather patterns and other ecological “news” all through their spread. It is an overwhelming idea, a transcendent, beautiful idea –

And our system of global agriculture and capital is destroying it.… Read the rest

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Footage of the Earth “Breathing”

Brian Nuttall filmed what appears to be the earth “breathing” at Apple River in Nova Scotia.

It has created quite a stir in social media circles, but Nuttall believes the explanation is simple.

“I believe the larger trees are doomed to blow down but are currently spared, the smaller trees around them help hold each other up, as the wind pushes the trees into one another,” he said.

“The punishing prevailing winds have taken their toll on the side hill, the roots have loosened and the mossy ground from the once shaded forest floor are giving way, soon to be toppled over.”

Read more at Unexplained Mysteries.

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The Devil’s Finger Fungus Hatches Like a Xenomorph Egg

Timelapse of the ‘alien’ looking Devil’s Finger or Octopus Fungus emerging from its ‘egg’.

According to Sarah Keartes at The Nerdist, this “hatching” is actually an ingenious reproduction technique.

The tentacles are laced with a foul smelling tissue, specially formulated to attract flies and other insects. When bugs come-a-knockin’, they get to feed on the slimy substance, but not before their feet are coated with fungus’ spores.

It’s a tactic also used by many stinkhorn fungi, which (like the devil’s finger) belong to the order phallales. Once the insects leave the area, they bring the precious spores with them, and thus the lifecycle can start anew.

You can read more about the fungus at The Nerdist.

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A Rock With Guts: The Pyura Chilensis


The wild looking “living rock with guts” is actually called Pyura chilensis and resides off the coast of Chile and Peru. Apparently locals like to eat it in stew.

Jess Zimmerman at Grist has more information:

The fact that this sea creature looks exactly like a rock with guts is not even the weirdest thing about it. It’s also completely immobile like a rock — it eats by sucking in water and filtering out microorganisms — and its clear blood mysteriously secretes a rare element called vanadium. Also, it’s born male, becomes hermaphroditic at puberty, and reproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together. Nature, you are CRAZY.

This odd reproduction process is called “selfing.” Read more here.

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At site of world’s worst nuclear disaster, the animals have returned

This photograph shows wild boar in a former village near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

This photograph shows wild boar in a former village near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Cell Press via EurekAlert:

In 1986, after a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the air, thousands of people left the area, never to return. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 5 have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves.

The findings are a reminder of the resilience of wildlife. They may also hold important lessons for understanding the potential long-term impact of the more recent Fukushima disaster in Japan.

“It’s very likely that wildlife numbers at Chernobyl are much higher than they were before the accident,” says Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth in the UK. “This doesn’t mean radiation is good for wildlife, just that the effects of human habitation, including hunting, farming, and forestry, are a lot worse.”

Earlier studies in the 4,200 km2 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone showed major radiation effects and pronounced reductions in wildlife populations.

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Progress and Humanism Have Lost Its Power, and Out of the Wilderness Comes Wildism


“Wildism is, put simply, the idea that wild Nature matters, and that anything that works against it should be discarded.”

Widlists believe that the autonomy of the Wild is the most important thing — above all others. They also consider all forms of civilized society as unavoidably contrary to this principle and therefore bad. They consider techno-industrial society especially harmful.

John Jacobi, who is co-founder and editor of The Wildernist was kind enough to speak to me about Wildism, the Unabomber, and how hunting and gathering is where it’s at.

Can you tell me a little more about the Wildist Network and how it started?

For a while now several groups of people who truly love wild Nature have been involved in all sorts of necessary discussions about what is to be done in the midst of this industrial disaster. But a lot of those discussions were private, and the public ones were on Spanish-language blogs, meaning large portions of the world knew little or nothing about them.… Read the rest

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