Arne Naess, Norwegian Philosopher, Dies at 96
While deep ecology may still be on the outer edges of acceptability in environmentalism, Naess’ contributions as a thinker must always be recognized and celebrated for the diversity he brought to the question of nature.
- How novels help drive social evolution
It isn’t everyday that Victorian literature is argued to have an evolutionary bent, but a new research project found that readers of novels “fell into groups that mirrored the egalitarian dynamics of hunter-gather society, in which individual dominance is suppressed for the greater good.” And I thought they were just boring!
- Ice one! Walker discovers 10ft-wide, spinning frozen circle in British waters for the first time
Natural phenomenon, especially those geometric in formation, beg to be obsessed over; especially when they are as weird as a perfectly circular piece of ice slowly turning in a river in England.
- Belize Larval Fish
Reef fish, just like humans, seem to be most spectacular in their larval form a fact best revealed in this photo slideshow from the Smithsonian.
- Dark Green
Paleontologist Peter Ward has a bone to pick with environmentalists. Where everybody else worships the cyclical beauty of ecology, Ward argues instead that all “life is toxic,” with his Medea Hypothesis (named after a mother who killed her own children in a jealous rage) countering that it is the job of humanity to prevent nature from destroying itself once more and not the other way round.
Got something for Seed‘s Daily Zeitgeist? Email the Zeitgeister.
Victorian literature and social evolution, environmental philosopher Arne Naess dies at 96, the bizarre and beautiful larval stages of Belize reef fish, a paleontologist seeks to turn the Gaia hypothesis on its head, strange ice phenomenon found in British river…
Originally published January 15, 2009