Monthly Archives: September 2011

Synergy and life

One of the reasons I love birds is because they prove, for anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear, the limitations of mechanistic philosophy and the impoverishment of reductionist perspectives in science. Paul Klee, “The Twittering Machine”(Die … Continue reading

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Don’t allow evil-mail to steal productivity

Yesterday my university Exchange account delivered no email, and a sense of unexpected, pervasive peace descended upon my office. I was strangely productive. Today Exchange is back to normal, so I’m playing catch-up, as seems often to be the case. … Continue reading

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Nature journal advice for perfectionists

“If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” – G.K. Chesterton

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Getting started with bird identification

Use your copy of Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds (see previous introduction) to identify the bird described in each numbered question below. This exercise will help you become more familiar with the contents and layout of Peterson’s Guide. Tip: Look … Continue reading

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Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse were both asked on separate occasions whether, if they were stranded on a desert island with no hope of rescue or of ever being discovered, would they continue to paint? Henri Matisse, La Musique (1939);Albright-Knox … Continue reading

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Athanasius Kircher, Mundus subterraneus (1665)

Originally posted at, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma. We have recently made available, in … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

Happiness = Apple x 2 Thank you, David, for bringing me happiness today! These are now among my prized possessions, thanks to one of the kindest, gentlest men I know. David, come and sit with me and we’ll enjoy a … Continue reading

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Thank you, Celtic Praise Troupe!

Yesterday for Septemberfest, inside the Oklahoma History Center with the Winnie Mae overhead and the dome of the Capitol building in the background outside, the Celtic Praise Troupe danced its last performance with three of the original members: Katie, Rachel … Continue reading

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Biology – Sample weekly schedule

Lesson plan:Plan your typical weekly schedule: A sample schedule would be 4 periods a week, in addition to our joint meetings on Monday nights: Monday night class, 7-8:30 pm Tuesday, 1 hr: Begin learning Lyrical Life Science song; begin reading … Continue reading

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Anna Comstock

Unit 1: Getting our bearings. Length: 3 days (not necessarily in a row). Anna Botsford Comstock played a prominent role in the nature study movement to reform science education in the early 20th century, particularly through her book, Handbook of … Continue reading

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