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El Niño’d: tropical field research when climate won’t sit still

Steve Roels is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University. His research asks how trophic cascades interact with tropical forest restoration. 

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Tropical Ecological Restoration

Astro-myths: Stars and the Invisible

I have been contemplating the Popol Vuh (PV) in relationship to the astronomical dimensions of Mayan myth that I have been absorbing (slowly) through The Star Gods of the Maya. 402 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

Other Souls inside this Skin

One of the things that I like about Dina Katz’s work on the Sumerian netherworld is that she chips away at the notion that the Sumerians had a rich notion of multiple souls. 724 more words

Mohaveh Project

Obsidian in Teotihuacan, something more than just a handicraft

Handicrafts… such an issue when you visit México. Too many options, too many expressions of different cultures that flourished in this awesome territory… and unfortunately too many fakes coming from China. 666 more words

Ciudad De México

[NB] The Book of Days

A few days ago, I had one of those dreams that came with a clear set of instructions around the intellectual side of my practice — “I want you to get out of the Anglosphere for 30 days.” There was more to the dream than just the instructions, but nothing quite so direct as that. 524 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

Civilizations of the Tropical Rainforest Biome


Case Studies in Civilization:

Civilizations of the Tropical Rainforest Biome

In an earlier post, Riparian Civilizations, I outlined some of the commonalities of civilizations that had their origins in fertile river valleys — most notably the civilizations of Mesopotamia, i.e., the Fertile Crescent bounded by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the civilization of ancient Egypt, based on the annual flooding of the Nile, the Yellow River Valley civilization (the source of Chinese civilization), and the Indus Valley civilization (the source of civilization in the Indian subcontinent). 1,591 more words


When Cadbury's 'Joyville' is not Bourneville.

Has anyone noticed how Cadbury have increased their range dramatically since their acquisition, first by Kraft in 2009, and then by Mondalez International in 2012? 344 more words