Posts Categorized: Philosophy of Tracking

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    The Cabin In The Woods: Living At The Feet Of The Gods Once Again

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    Everything is knowable. Everything is under control. Keep shopping. The Cabin In The Woods, a Joss Whedon-horror-genre-deconstruction came out in theaters in 2012. I’m not a big movie watcher, but I am a long time fan of Joss Whedon – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse, all storytelling I enjoyed in past decades. I especially appreciate Joss Whedon… Read more »

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    You Tried Making Yourself Big

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    You tried making yourself Big Puffing your chest out You strode about the earth cock of the walk stamping down the ground green before you brown dust behind just like the rest You tried making yourself Big and you’ve fallen so low and the time has begun to make yourself small so small small and… Read more »

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    You Don’t Want Me to Agree

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    How on earth did so many (all?) of our conversations become about whether or not we agree or disagree? Why do we so often treat conversations with friends, family, colleagues, like high-pressure sales? Why the relentless evangelism for the diet you advocate, the exercise program, the gadget, the political platform? What do you think will… Read more »

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    Seed the World with Adult Conversations

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    Lately in Portland, OR, I have seen a raging and fairly uncivil debate about whether or not to fluoridate the city’s famously high-quality water from the Bull Run Reservoir. For me, it has put a spotlight on the fascinating and fundamentally not-so-funny inability of americans to have adult conversations about points of disagreement. Rarely have… Read more »

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    Building a Community of Trackers

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    Photo Credit: jenny downing via Compfight cc Right now, the sense of expansion and enrichment in the tracking community has really amazed me. Over the past few decades a few different schools of thought have emerged in North America, exemplifying different styles and values about the utility and purpose of tracking. I myself have noticed trackers originating from the… Read more »

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    Confidence

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    I’ve spent time practicing thinking in accord with “degrees of confidence”, rather than right or wrong, true or false. When we use our analytical mind, not only does “lack of proof” not disprove anything, the presence of evidence can’t conclusively prove anything either. We can only establish levels of confidence, degrees, in accord with the… Read more »

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    Rewild Portland Spring 2013 Fundraiser

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVZUSc1sbIk

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    Beauty and Horror

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    This essay is a part of the Animist Blog Carnival of October 2013. To read other animist perspectives on death, please visit the Earth Animist Blog. To read works from previous Animist Blog Carnival or join us, visit headquarters here: The Animist Blog Carnival at Eaarth Animist.  A short story about a psychopath, from Wikipedia: Èṣù is a… Read more »

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    Rewilding Shame

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    I ended the last post with the question, “where else do we see psychopathic behaviors in nature?” I still want to explore this, but not today. Today let’s talk about remorse. Shame and guilt has done tremendous emotional damage to many rewilders. In the modern world, we use shame and guilt as a whip to… Read more »

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    A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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    Let’s reconnect with what this subject offers us; how it can improve our lives as rewilders, human beings, village-creators. In reading about psychopaths, something hit my consciousness with an almost physical force, that in a certain sense has nothing to do with this terrifying syndrome, but rather the opposite… If psychopaths experience so much success,… Read more »

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    Psychopaths in the Village

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    Dedication: to my friend Thaddeus for first suggesting I begin perceiving the presence of psychopathy, and for forgiving me for my blindness to psychopathic behaviors in my own community This article springs from several urges; to fully own my own responsibility for thinking critically (with a Tracker’s eye) about the issues of my life, and… Read more »

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    Rewilding and Healing Your Eyesight Part III: I Always Find Waldo Now

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    I have good news and bad news.   The bad news: it’s taken way longer than I would have guessed to improve my eyesight to the degree I sought (i.e., good enough for driving, seeing signs, etc.) Let’s call this the goal of greater visual acuity. The good news – the rewilding of my vision… Read more »

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    Everything Honest Feels Like a Conversation

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    I’ve felt frustrated lately; I want to accomplish things that don’t seem to come fast enough. I want things to happen that…haven’t. I talk with people who I want to respond in a certain way that…don’t. I’ve felt this building feeling of stressed impatience. And so, last night I watched a french swashbuckling movie, in… Read more »

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    Support the Language Hunters

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    You may not be aware of a major new project I’m working on; the non-profit Language Hunters organization. This holiday season we’re fundraising on kickstarter to complete our Irish Language Hunt project – a series of language game videos that simultaneously documents and teaches the endangered Irish language. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/242604490/irish-language-hunt By doing this we’re working on a model usable by… Read more »

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    Confess and Be Brokenhearted

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    “Some tell me that what I say is true but that I only point out a problem and offer no solution. This is because they cannot give themselves to the solution that is made obvious by how I describe the problem. Tell me, if you are not willing to confess our part in these things… Read more »