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Nature's Intelligence
July 19, 2018

A Deeper Kind of Intelligence: Liz Koch on Our Animal Nature

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Who knew where writing about my love of slime molds and their intelligence would lead? I received a request from a woman named Liz Koch...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The Experimental Duckling: Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be too exploratory (too soon). I will explain……. We had a first here – after years of laying eggs and sitting on them, this July we had an Event. Our lovely brown female duck, Meenie, was finally rewarded for her patience. This was the second sitting of the year. The first one ended in the eggs disappearing one by one until she was sitting on one - and then none. It was hard to watch. Her patient hope and work ended in nothing, the shells of stolen eggs the only testament to what had happened or to the fact that hope had ever existed. If you ever watched the laying of eggs, that alone is...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — They are so utterly charming, those delicate killdeer who arrive as harbingers of spring and race along the ground so fast and smoothly they look like they are moving on a conveyor belt. Except for those little legs, which go a mile a minute. Each year they return, their plaintive cries filling the air. They lay their eggs on the ground, always a risk, but they have two survival tricks. One is when you approach a nest, they run away, trying to lure you with cries and the appearance of being injured. The other is their camouflage. They lay their eggs on rocky ground and darned if you will ever see them. The other day, Jean called me over to the buffalo...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Since we started Earthfire Radio conversations our audience has grown, and we in turn are receiving invitations to be interviewed. We are including one of those conversations here, with Carolyn Baker of the New Lifeboat Radio. None of us know what the future holds. We each have to take our best guess and do what we can to mitigate what we see. Carolyn’s mission is to “create islands of sanity in a sea of current and impending global chaos.” Earthfire’s mission is to work towards a fundamental paradigm shift in how we see life, with the belief that from there change will naturally follow. Who knows who is right, or if we both are for different times....

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Adrianna the goat wasn’t feeling well in the evening. She refused to get up. She had diarrhea. Worried, we called the vet. "Was she wormed? Was she vaccinated? Take her temperature and call us in the morning.” Easier said than done. Taking the temperature of a feisty goat regardless of her not feeling well was not a simple process. She didn’t agree to it. It took two of us, and she refused to be distracted. The first time she resisted and complained about the indignity so vehemently that Jean took the thermometer out too soon and we had to do it again. Would she ever speak to us again? We had never had to manhandle her before. After all that fuss,...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."—Robert Herrick Her email address was singnsoar, echoing her two great passions, opera singing and flying. She was a woman who lived her life with great intensity. A world-class opera singer who opened in most of the world’s major opera houses, her gorgeous and powerful voice poured forth from the depth of her, exquisitely modulated by her disciplined craft. An experienced, top-notch pilot, she took people on glider flights to see the glory of the Grand Tetons. A beloved teacher, she helped her students find their voice, believing in them when they didn’t believe yet in themselves. There is no greater gift to give than...

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