Two weeks ago I assembled this post one day when deeply immersed in research for my next project. It followed on from the post Rethinking everything written April 23. I wonder what your thoughts are on this... if you have a moment... do leave a comment!
To find where this post's title comes from... you'll have to read through if you really wish to know... its a little obscure otherwise!
When researching on seeds this morning I came across this TED video I've linked below which stopped me in my tracks.
|FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC|
A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”
Wade Davis is a writer, lecturer, film-maker ...some of you may know his work through National Geographic or reading his books.
In the video he introduced his central ideas on what he terms the Ethnosphere:
- " the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness.”
And... " the ethnosphere is humanity’s great legacy. It’s the symbol of all that we are and all that we can be as an astonishingly inquisitive species.”
As a visual artist I'm critically engaged in ideas of authenticity, having the courage to forge an art practice that is reflective of one's own voice, ideas and
And another powerful idea that really speaks to me in the way it is totally linked to Biodiversity loss and some of our most pressing issues today....
“Genocide, the physical extinction of a people, is universally condemned, but ethnocide, the destruction of people’s way of life, is not only not condemned, it’s universally celebrated as part of a development strategy.”
More info can be found here at TED Speakers: Wade Davis: Anthropologist, ethnobotanist
I like that he sees his work as that of a story-teller. I'm convinced that no matter what the field of endeavour nothing else serves so well as story-telling to bring an unfamiliar realm of thinking to life for others.
I've posted on the loss of languages before... something that Davis discusses in the video... so intrinsic to sustaining diversity on the planet.
This got me thinking again about the "Noosphere" which I posted on at this blog in 2011.
The NOOSPHERE denotes the "sphere of human thought". The word is derived from the Greek νοῦς (nous "mind") + σφαῖρα (sphaira "sphere"), in lexical analogy to "atmosphere" and "biosphere". Introduced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1922  in his Cosmogenesis".
Teilhard argued the noosphere is growing towards an ever greater integration and unification, culminating in the Omega Point, which he saw as the goal of history. The goal of history, then, is an apex of thought/consciousness.
If you are wondering why all the diversions in this post I must apologise... this week the book I've been promising to write was started... you can read more at the Studio blog about this. I'm finding back-tracking through past posts is revealing some ideas I wish to sift and filter into some more cohesive form in the book now on the agenda.
Anyone who actually reads this, and manages a comment, is doing me a big favour whilst in the filtering process. I read comments on the National Geographic website where the photos above come from ... someone left tough criticism about the origin of the images, whether permission was gained from the subjects and so on.
One thing I realise is that writing a blog post where people are pretty polite and forgiving is a lot different to getting a book published and hoping for positive response from a potentially broader readership than if it were just aimed at an Art audience.
Returning to the real point of this post ... Wade Davis updates a blog at his website where I tracked down a lecture he gave earlier this year. Ive decided to share his speech here knowing most wont have time to read it... but in the light of the recent posts here its in keeping.
I've highlighted a few parts of this... so take a look if you wish to scroll down.