Homo sapiens amans LO26523

From: Don Dwiggins (d.l.dwiggins@computer.org)
Date: 04/15/01

Replying to LO26490 --

Dear At,

Thanks for the piece on Homo sapiens amans.

One sentence stood out for me:
> In my thirty years of interaction with the desert I have learned a most
> profound lesson -- all nature's preservation is accomplised by production
> rather than conservation!!!

I had to stop and exclaim "Wow!'. I think elaborating on this theme, with
variations, would make an excellent contribution. One of the most common
and pernicious mental models is the opposite of this: preservation by
exclusion, by "thinking backward" to avoid destructive change. (Somehow
I'm reminded of Ben Franklin's comment "Those who are willing to give up
freedom for a sense of security will in the end have neither freedom nor



Don Dwiggins <d.l.dwiggins@computer.org>

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