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End of Life Experiences; Two Books by Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick

A research study based on interviews with nurses, doctors, and carers in two hospices and one nursing home in London found that profoundly meaningful ‘end of life experiences’ were not uncommon.  1,350 more words


What the real Mr. McGuires of the world have wrought

Up until lunchtime, I was most likely going to write about freshwater mussels, and how amazing they are on account of their ability to filter and clean water, and how a combination of cleaning up water/preventing pollution, and reintroducing native mussels into watersheds could do wonderful things for restoration. 1,024 more words


Our soft and squishy foundation

Today I was going to write a nice tidy post about soil. Because soil is so tidy, right? But soil ecology, it’s important! It is quite literally the foundation of ecosystems; I trust I don’t have to explain why. 1,687 more words

Land And Land Spirits

Spirit Possession, Deities, and Gnats.

Western discourse about spirit possession emerged from a long history of Christian demonology.  After the Enlightenment it came to be regarded as ‘one of the key markers of the primitive stage in the evolution of human civilization’, and, thanks to E.B.Tylor’s late nineteenth century theory of animism, became ‘a founding term in the discipline of anthropology’.  1,260 more words


Telepathy (feeling at a distance): Animism, Healing, and Science.

I can’t remember ever doubting telepathy.  This would be an unremarkable statement in many non-Western cultures, but in the wrong company might prove risky here, mainly because modernist psychiatry has linked experiences of telepathy, and other supposedly paranormal phenomena, with ‘mental illness’.* 1,684 more words


Ecological catastrophes: apparently it's partly Descartes's fault

It has been bothering me for a very long time, a certain set of beliefs about the world and how to best understand it, a set of beliefs that are typically connected with concepts like “science” and “being rational;” and one of those is the (assumed) inferiority of animals coupled with the belief that they don’t think or feel like we humans do. 1,251 more words

Land And Land Spirits

What plants talk about

In connection to my recent attempts to understand both myself and Hofgaard, I’ve stared learning what I can about plants. It hasn’t been easy (I’m not sure I’ve seen a definitive picture of an oak tree’s root system, for example) but it has been mostly interesting. 146 more words