Inquiry, to query, ask, question and thus to investigate in detail.
Ecology is a wide-ranging & synthetic inquiry as to how the world functions who we are and how
we all got here; what are we doing and how does that affect the function of the life of the planet.
The inquiry can be divided into ten related, sequential, and systematically crucial parts.
Form | function | energy | decision trees | many concurrent scales | nutrient flow | functionality | sources | performance | patterns | laws
Place and process are all partners in the game of life.
For the human household
–the earth has rules:
[laws of place]
nourish the land or perish
changes in altitude are like changes in latitude
water inheres in the land, together they are inseparable
Rules of ecology: [laws of process]
You can never do merely one thing
Everything has to go somewhere
Our impact is related to our affluence times our numbers
Laws of Thermodynamics:
[rules of the game]
You can't win
You are bound to lose
You can't get out of the game
Features of the earth forming our human household.
Analysis by analogy
The world is our home?
Water, energy, air, and land are the four components of our home that are an acronym–WEAL– that stands for the functional contributions found in any place we investigate.
Space and time:
How a molecule and macro-molecular protein fold determines their functionality.
Note the water molecule released by the amino acids forming a peptide.
A molecule of glucose, life's fuel.
abundant but unavailable
trace amounts shape proteins
Sufficient energy for nutrient flow through biological systems to sustain functional integrity.
||a natural area on earth of common living communities
|location of planetary plant and animal associations
||percentage of the surface area of each association
ecology, defined | ecological integrity | ecosystems | ecological design | weal | index | thought
What images are
in the patterns we observe?
real -- imposed
on our sensory receptors by stimuli from our surroundings?
ideal -- imposed
by apprehension, comprehension
more on the artificiality of real versus ideal.
Anne and Paul Ehrlich
G. Tyler Miller
Sim Van der Ryn
Edward O. Wilson
What is the predominant pattern you see?
you see the Chess board?
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