[KINDLE] ❁ The Once and Future World Author J.B. MacKinnon – Justinfoline.us

The Once and Future World The Once And Future World Began In The Moment J.B MacKinnon Realized The Grassland He Grew Up On Was Not The Pristine Wilderness He Had Always Believed It To Be Instead, His Home Prairie Was The Outcome Of A Long History Of Transformation, From The Disappearance Of The Grizzly Bear To The Introduction Of Cattle What Remains Today Is An Illusion Of The Wild An Illusion That Has In Many Ways Created Our World In 3 Beautifully Drawn Parts, MacKinnon Revisits A Globe Exuberant With Life, Where Lions Roam North America And 20 Times Whales Swim In The Sea He Traces How Humans Destroyed That Reality, Out Of Rapaciousness, Yes, But Also Through A Great Forgetting Finally, He Calls For An Age Of Restoration, Not Only To Revisit That Richer And Awe Filled World, But To Reconnect With Our Truest Human Nature MacKinnon Never Fails To Remind Us That Nature Is A Menagerie Of Marvels Here Are Fish That Pass Down The Wisdom Of Elders, Landscapes Still Shaped By Ecological Ghosts, A Tortoise That Is Slowly Remaking Prehistory It Remains A Beautiful World, MacKinnon Writes, And It Is Its Beauty, Not Its Emptiness, That Should Inspire Us To Seek Nature In Our Lives.

[KINDLE] ❁ The Once and Future World  Author J.B. MacKinnon – Justinfoline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • The Once and Future World
  • J.B. MacKinnon
  • 22 January 2017
  • 9780544103054

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    I recently saw that J B MacKinnon s book The Once and Future World was shortlisted here in Canada for the RBC Taylor Prize for literary non fiction, and I wondered at that term literary non fiction Intrigued, I picked up the book and right from the beginning, MacKinnon showed me what it means My childhood landscape was the northernmost tip of the rain shadow drylands that sprawl up most of western North America, and I could have stepped out of my house and walked three thousand kilometers to Mexico and been thirsty all the way It was rattlesnake country and black widow country, and as a boy I was brown skinned and blond haired and so much a son of that sun baked earth that I wouldn t flinch if a two inch long grasshopper thudded down on the bare skin of my ribs as I ran through the fields MacKinnon packs this volume with interesting facts, cites innumerable studies and books, but as he writes with such an expressive style and emphasises a philosophical approach to ecology, it was a pleasure to read neither dry nor preachy.The first interesting idea I encountered was called change blindness or Shifting Baseline Syndrome Essentially, it means that we all assume that the environment we grow up with is the normal state Even if we have grandparents who tell us that the forest used to stretch as far as the eye could see or that the streams were boiling with fish when they were kids, we look at th...


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    A few weeks ago I cycled from our downtown neighborhood in Mexico City up to the foothills of Cuajimapla, which greets visitors with expansive views of the valley floor below On just a handful of days after the rainy season, which pushes out the city s infamous smog, the view of the valley is bookended by the massive volcanic range of Popocat petl the Smoking Mountain and Iztacc huatl white woman Riding down the steep grade at 50 kilometers per hour, those volcanoes felt so close that I could stretch out my arms and touch them At that moment I wondered, as I often do, what Mexico City looked like before it was Mexico City Before the bloody arrival of the Spanish conquistadores, before the Toltecs and Aztecs established Anahuac and Teotihuacan and Tenochitlan, before the first humans made their migration across the Alaskan Strait and down the continent that would come to be called the Americas We all ask that question What would this place look like without humans and it s at the center of JB MacKinnon s The Once and Future World.The book sits somewhere between ecological history and philosophical inquiry MacKinnon reaches back into the historical record to remind us what nature once represented To know what nature is, he writes, you must know what was And so, much of the book is filled with rich descriptions of the natural world 100, 200, 500...


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    The Danger Of Success What if the planet s ecosystem, as J.B MacKinnon puts it, is reduced to a ruin, yet its people endure, worshipping their gods and coveting status objects while surviving on some futuristic equivalent of the Easter Islanders rat meat and rock gardens Humans are a very adaptable species We ve seen people grow used to slums, adjust to concentration camps, learn to live with what fate hands them If our future is to continuously degrade our planet, lose plant after plant, animal after animal, forgetting what we once enjoyed, adjusting to lesser circumstances, never shouting, That s It always making do, I wouldn t call that success The Lesson Remember Tang, The Breakfast DrinkPeople can t remember what their great grandparents saw, ate and loved about the world They only know what they know To prevent an ecological crisis, we must become alarmed That s when we ll act The new Easter Island story suggests that humans may never hit the alarm.It s like the story people used to tell about Tang, a sad, flat synthetic orange juice popularized by NASA If you know what real orange juice tastes like, Tang is no achievement But if you are on a 50 year voyage, if you lose the memory of real orange juice, then gradually, you begin to think Tang is delicious.On Easter Island, people learned to live with less and forgot what it was like to have Maybe that will happen to us There s a lesson here I...


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    A fascinating and thought provoking exploration of humans relationship or lack there of with the natural world The book broken into three parts nature as it was, as it is, as it might be offers lyrical descriptions of the natural world as well as an examination of how human denial and change blindness has led to a world where countless species are either extinct or on the...


  5. says:

    Amazing, amazing, amazing It completely opened my eyes to what has really happened in nature and also what has happened and may happen with humans as apart of the natural world or separated as we seem to...


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    Sometimes, friends you meet on the internet will send you books and when that happens, you should not wait months to read them because they could be truly wonderful books Thank you, internet I came to realize that we, you and I, cannot hope to make sense of this thing we call nature by looking at what surrounds us, or even by seeking the wilderness Instead, as science has begun to recognize, we need to reach back and revisit the past tens, hundreds, even thousands of years ago What we find there is the living planet at its most extraordinary, often so far beyond what we know today that it challenges our expectations of what life on earth can be The good news is that time travel is just the way we imagine it, full of marvels and surprises, odd beasts, ancient mysteries, and lands that have never known a human footfall But the history of nature also takes courage It calls on us to remember losses, not only in the wild, but within ourselves The pas...


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    This fine book is an urgent and a thoughtful plea to counter the ecological degradation of our world and to move toward rewilding the lands in which we live Drawing on a sweeping range of historical, scientific and archaeological research, and on a vivid set of personal experiences from diverse countries, MacKinnon shows how, almost without realizing it, we have lost as much as 90% of the animal and plant life that characterized nature in its baseline state The sheer abundance of life, the author notes, recorded in documents ranging from naturalists journals to fisheries reports is an astonishment The complexity of this book is admirable MacKinnon presents no easy analysis nor straightforward answers Ecological insight requires careful study as of the grassland environment in which the author himself grew up His probing discovers, for instance, that the vanishing foxes that he had perceived as a sign of environmental distress had themselves been an invasive species that had earlier caused the disappearance of indigenous grasslands animals Similar in complications, the protection of whales after World War Two led to the marked decline of various seal species and sea otters, b...


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    this book reminds me of guns, germs, and steel as far as changing the way I think about the past there is so much astounding in it, from just sheer facts about this or that species to wider ways of thinking about human consciousness I think the biggest impact was just the realization that although the past century has been a time of incredible environmental degradation, it s not just a product of the modern world human beings have ALWAYS wiped out species and altered ecosystems, all humans indigenous societies didn t possess an innate wisdom about living in balance with nature that colonial societies had forgotten where an indigenous society did live in balance with nature, they learned that from being out of balance and making corrections there s a striking example of this in the book regarding hawaii, which, being an isolated island chain, made coming into balance critical there is also a theory that the indigenous peoples in the US at the time of contact conquest by the europeans had learned their environmental wisdom the hard way, rather than just being some sort of bearers of pre industrial garden of eden knowledge that had been preserved he ...


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    J B MacKinnon grew up on the edge of a Canadian prairie I knew the prairie in the hands in every crevice detail that only a child can, and it was, for me, a place of magic He developed a healthy relationship with the living ecosystem, an experience that is no longer ordinary Years later, as an adult, he returned to visit home, and his sacred prairie had been erased by the Royal Heights subdivision He could find no trace of the red foxes that he had loved so much It hurt.By and by, curiosity inspired him to spend some time studying books about the days of yesteryear To his surprise, he learned that the foxes of his region were not indigenous, nor was much of the prairie vegetation His childhood home bore little resemblance to the wild prairie that existed several centuries earlier Before he was born, the land was home to caribou, elk, wolves, and buffalo, all absent in his lifetime What happened Could the damage be repaired MacKinnon explored these questions in The Once and Future World.The world we experience in childhood is typically perceived as being the normal, unspoiled state We can comprehend the damage that has occurred during our lifetime, but not all th...


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    What a beautiful, tragic, and hopeful book It is an odd and well put together mixture of history, psychology, biology, ecology, and storytelling MacKinnon tackles what is known as shifting baseline syndrome to explain why the world nature is the way it is today, how and why it is different than it was yesterday, and why it may be radically different tomorrow.Has any other species every had such a vast impact on the planet Almost definitely not Our idea of normal, or natural, tends to be what we grew up with and varies from generation to generation so how far back do we go to find an original version of nature Our world is vastly different than it once was as a result of our evolution, but when did that change begin The book is grim, but at times hopeful And it doesn t lay blame He addresses some of the causes of our changed world and acknowledges that we are plowing full steam ahead towards change, but he also examines our history going as far back to our time as hunter gatherers and shows how we were radically altering life on...

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