"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Just a bit of meditative thought while awaiting more news....
The following quote is from an old meditation piece on the web (and expresses a thought common in meditation practice):
"Breath is also powerful because we share the air we breathe with every creature that has ever lived. The breath I take in at this moment may contain molecules that Lincoln or Jesus or Susan Anthony or the Buddha or my great, great grandmother or a giant T-rex breathed in and out. Breathing is a powerful expression of the interdependent web of all life."And then today I couldn't help but notice that Laura Erickson, preparing for her own venture to Arkansas Ivory-bill country, ended a post in a similar vein with the following words:
"...I'm both hopeful and joyful. Whether or not I see anything at all worth reporting, I'm going to be spending time in Ivory-bill habitat, breathing air molecules that may have touched an Ivory-bill's feathers or glittering eyes..."Good luck Laura... and breathe deep!
And elsewhere on the web I stumbled upon this quite wonderful sermon from a Unitarian minister on the Ivory-bill, with this same theme of the interconnectedness of all life -- even more amazing, it was inspired solely by Phil Hoose's book and delivered "April 24, 2005," the Sunday BEFORE the announcement out of Arkansas that would shake the ornithological world -- talk about TIMING!... (if you're staying home from church this New Year's Sunday I recommend this piece as your Sunday sermon).
...oh yeah, and HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
P.S. Happy New Year also to the skeptics and a thought for them.
You must have the courage to change! :)
Actually, I already have changed my views on the Ivory-bill. For over two months after Cornell made their announcement, I was a complete believer.
I only became skeptical in July, after I started examining the evidence for myself.
Happy New Year to you as well,
May the Ivory-bill appear on camera in 2006!
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof"--Carl Sagan
If the IB survived it would be a miracle and extraordinary...no doubt. a definitive photo or video is needed. Some sort of DNA evidence would be ok...but the definitive photo/video is my standard in this case.
Skeptics are not mean-spirited at all. We want the IB to survive just like everyone else. We are birders who want habitat preserved. We just need defintive evidence to believe.
Tell me how a remnant(20-30 birds) population could have survived undetected for all these years...the odds are astoundingly small. face it...the bird is probably gone. based on the lack of definitive evidence so far, I give it a 1 percent chance of being found. That is my opinion.
If they do find it...heck...I will eat crow...it would be my best meal ever!!!!
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