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Syllojism S2E2 - Sad Boy Ecology w/ Pete Cooper

Syllojism S2E2 - Sad Boy Ecology w/ Pete Cooper

Squirreling around with Howard Gardner's Naturalistic Intelligence

Syllojism is a bi-weekly, culture, and philosophy challenge podcast on the edge of chaos.

CHALLENGE: Spend 4 hours “in nature” and record your observations.

This week Naturalist Pete Cooper helped us sort out whatever the hell Naturalistic Intelligence might be. Basically, we wandered around in the woods, recorded it and we had an ecologist tell us we’re smart.

Show Notes:

2:06 Sad boy ecologist hanging out in “Natural beauty”

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” - Aldo Leopold

4:15 Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

5:08 Super special TikTok

7:08 Natasha’s Challenge -  Facewidows and Treeshakers

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13:15 American grey squirrels genocide and Squirrelpox

15:51  Derek Gow consultancy reintroducing little hairy Sarah Connor (water voles) in a Terminator-rich environment (American mink)

17:11 De-extinction: Colossal Bioscience bringing back the woolly mammoth & the Pleistocene Overkill hypothesis

20:04 Predator reintroduction is more about changing prey behavior than reducing numbers 

21:44 Was TedK right? Should we rewild everything?

24:26 EO Wilson’s idea of Half-Earth, and the Three C’s of ReWilding: Cores, Corridors by Michael Soulé and Reed Noss

26:19 The Real Jurassic Park and why we shun people who go to Sea World

28:21 Pete’s hero: Gerald Durrow

29:36 Ecologists are not people-people the kinds of skills/ “intelligences” you need to be in conservation. Calling all Aspies!

31:37 The Cluelessness of Ecology: Pete spilling the tea on the White Tailed Eagle version of Mad Max

34:40 Rewilding species where the Glow worms where they’re supposed to be

36:24 Brett’s “challenge” as Discount Store Bane

40:25 Do working ecologists exhibit “Naturalistic intelligence?”

41:57 If you’re granting beaver licenses you should be able to tell when a Beaver isn’t interested

42:28 Roy Dennis on the Intellect of opening a Gate

46:55 How to determine which NGOs are BS

51:03 Pete’s MI self-assessment 

Challenge for Episode 3: Interpersonal Intelligence: Teach some people stuff about the theory of Multiple Intelligences.

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