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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018
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Brian Glaser
Santa Ana, California, USA


Watching Nature Documentaries

When it comes to seeing the world through non-human eyes, documentary is blind.
                                                                            ~ Jason Zuzga

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Trust the free market of the humanities to turn fascination with the strangeness of life forms into a lifeboat scramble for a decent job. A platypus finds prey underwater using only the electroreceptors of its bill. No other animal can hunt without a sense of scent, sound, or vision. But the first bill of the neonatal platypus is a sharp-edged tooth, used to cut through the eggshell that protected it during incubation.

In my old neighborhood,
sundown—
recruits on a run

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First there were plants that grew in fractal patterns from the ocean floor, with comparatively simple impulses for development, which have left fossilized traces though they have no living descendants today. They were not created with the advantage of complexity to evolve. And there it is—created. No scientist can say why consciousness has come into being. At some point the question—why—may be pathological. You ask only the god in yourself.

Red underlining in a book—
see! you are not
a stranger

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