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Banned Ted Talk: The Science Delusion, Rupert Sheldrake at Whitechapel
the idea is that each species, each member of a species draws on the collective memory of the species, and tunes in to past members of the species, and in turn contributes to the further development of the species. So in the case of a potato, you’d have a whole background resonance from past species of potatoes, most of which grow wild in the Andes. And then in that particular case, because it’s a cultivated plant, there’s been a development of a whole lot of varieties of potatoes, which are cultivated, and as it so happens potatoes are propagated vegetatively, so they’re clones.
So each clone of potatoes, each variety, each member of the clone will resonate with all previous members of the clone, and that resonance is against a background of resonance with other members of the potato species, and then that’s related to related potato species, wild ones that still grow in the Andes. So, there’s a whole kind of background resonance, but what’s most important is the resonance from the most similar ones, which is the past members of that variety. And this is what makes the potatoes of that variety develop the way they do, following the habits of their kind.
Usually these things are ascribed to genes. Most people assume that inheritance depends on chemical genes and DNA, and say there’s no problem, it’s all just programmed in the DNA. What I’m saying is that that view of biological development is inadequate. The DNA is the same in all the cells of the potato, in the shoots, in the roots, in the leaves, and the flowers. The DNA is exactly the same, yet these organs develop differently. So something more than DNA must be giving rise to the form of the potato, and that is what I call the morphic field, the organizing field.
~ In the Presence of the Past: An Interview with Rupert Sheldrake
Wrong Turn: Biologist Rupert Sheldrake On How Science Lost Its Way
Morphic Resonance: Rupert’s Resonance, Scientific American
On-line Experiments to Change the World
Rupert Sheldrake Interviews
“And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
† Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.
A World Without Cages: Thoughts on Vegan, Trans, and Prison Abolitionist Practices
by Jed Walsh*
The first time I viscerally felt a connection between prison abolition and the treatment of animals was while listening to the song “The Tigers Have Spoken” by Neko Case. Case sang the words, “They shot the tiger on his chain, in the field behind the cages. He walked in circles ‘til he was crazy, and he lived that way forever.” I started bawling. Earlier that week, I had attended a production of “In the Belly” by RedBird Prison Abolition, a play which had depicted experiences of long-term solitary confinement in US prisons. What I remember most from that extremely powerful and haunting play was a scene of an incarcerated person pacing continually in their cell: muttering, pacing, cursing, pacing, lashing out at the walls and objects around them, and pacing again. I was shaken by the endlessness, desperation, and madness of the pacing. And when I heard the Neko Case song a few days later, I thought, of course. Of course tigers and incarcerated people experience confinement, isolation, and deprivation in similar ways. How is it that we have refused to acknowledge their common suffering for so long? This essay is for the tigers, for the incarcerated people that I’ve met, and for everyone in cages.
LINKING VEGANISM, TRANS IDENTITY, AND PRISON ABOLITION
Three of my identities are vegan, transgender, and prison abolitionist. I am also white, queer, able-bodied, and raised middle-class. In my life, I’ve found that my veganism, my gender identity, and my abolitionism are linked in how I experience them. But I rarely find political writing or frameworks that explicitly spell out connections between veganism and prison abolition, let alone both of those struggles with transgender liberation. So I’m writing this essay as an intervention and a foray into the kinds of conversations that I want to have all the time.
Japan dolphin hunt goes on after slaughter: campaigners, New Straits Times
Ambassador Kennedy Criticizes Japan’s Dolphin Hunt, NPR
U.S. State Department Expresses Concern About the Japan Dolphin Drive, Supports Ambassador Kennedy, Seattle PI
Cove Guardians, SeaShepard.org
Did mother of albino dolphin commit suicide after Japanese fishermen took its calf during mass slaughter? UK Daily Mail
EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.
“Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”
MUSICA PRO ECOLOGICA
By Eric Stokes
For eons mankind has been conquering Nature. Now he is beating it to death. Music, if only merely for its own survival, must actively oppose this. All of our music must take up the recurring, fundamental themes of our time: Ecos, the land ethic, the connectedness of all things and forms of life, the created purities of earth, air, fire and water.
To the extent that we composers and musicians do not focus our music on these themes we shall be standing aside while the planet, which sustains our art, sickens and dies. Taking up these basic themes we will show how music can give more than shallow entertainment or trendy sensationalism. We will show how it can serve the life-preserving causes of our time on Earth Island.
©Copyright 1990 Eric Stokes