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Pandora turns out to be a better description of forest life than most anyone thought

Suzanne Simard of the Dept. of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia has a delightful short video reporting that multi-species forests are connected in complex communicative networks with “mother trees” serving as the nodes in these networks. Her faculty page lists publications for those so interested.

More and more the utter bankruptcy, both moral and scientific, let alone aesthetic, of the currently dominant competitive individualistic model of the world and everything in it, including ourselves, is showing everywhere we take the time to look. In the human world a system based on such an outlook seems to elevate sociopaths and psychopaths above all others in the effort to dominate others. The current Republican leadership is an excellent case in point, and the Democrats do not seem a great deal better.  But it is proving itself unable to maintain the best of modernity and unable to preserve the world in which it depends.

Hopefully science and genuine spirituality as well as many people’s common decency can yet move events in a better direction.

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posted December 15, 2011 at 5:20 am

This woman is in dire need of some more education in evolutionary biology. To say that trees roots with fungi is acting like a brain is just simply a conclusion based on pure imagination and is more a lame opinion than a fact.

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posted December 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

I guess you can educate us on your qualifications to make your statement since she is a PhD in Forestry with professional published research on that subject. Of course it doesn’t mean she is right, but it does mean she has a right to be taken seriously.

Perhaps you can explain to us why you should be as well.

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