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Introduction
Overview
1: Ecologist
2: Environmentalist
3: Eco-Philosopher
4: Green Conservative
Politician
5: Eco-Spiritualist
6: Eco-Anarchist
7: Complex Thinker
8: Eco-Activist
9: Ecologist with a heightened awareness of problems
Methodical explanation
 
9th Head: Ecologist with a heightened awareness of problems

Methodical explanation

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Finally I want to explain to you the method that I used. It is based on chaos-theoretical knowledge of the nature of life. Processes of learning are processes of developing. The so-called bifurcation plays an important role in development: under pressure from outside a system sometimes changes its structures in such a way that it can occupy two states at the same time. Then it starts jumping between both of them. At higher pressure it will havefour and then eight states.

You can see that in the example of a flag, blown at by variably strong winds. If the pressure gets higher, the system will get chaotic. Nothing is stable any longer. The system staggers irregularly.

A double-pendulum for example is in a state of chaos most of the time. Chaos-theoreticians showed that adaptable systems regulate themselves in such a way that they are on the edges of chaos, for instance on the level with eight possible states, which the system is staggering between. For that reason have a look at the 8 heads of our model and often jump to and fro. You will reach a sort of state of suspense on the edges of chaos and get flexible in your thinking.

Thinking in polar, complementary or dialectic categories is no invention of modern times. It was already embedded in the traditional knowledge of old cultures. You probably know the Ying/Yang - symbol.

It means that opposite poles complement and penetrate one another. One does not exclude the other, as would have to be demanded in formal logic. The dots on both sides symbolize the penetration. NILS BOHR says: the opposite of truth is a lie, the opposite of deep truth is a deep truth, too.

What does that mean while dealing with controversial problems in ecology? There are a lot of contentious issues and sometimes it seems certain that one side tells the truth and the other side lies. Sometimes, however, and this is valid for all 8 heads of our model, both sides tell a deep truth. Being in head 1 you are supposed to understand the viewpoints of the other 7 heads. Like the two dots in the Ying/Yang - symbol they should be a glimmering ray inside you. Then you will learn to distinguish this sort of contrast from the other contrast between truth and lie. Think about it. How can you see lies and deep truth? Give examples. Do not look for any general plans of how to do it, but plans of how you would do it. Do not only ask with your mind, but with your emotion too. Write down what is coming into your mind. It's best to do it at once. Have another look at your notes tomorrow, polish up the style and send the result to me.

My answer will include similar texts, written by other readers of this text.

With that we have come to the end of the topic eco-philosophy and I hope that this text has aroused your interest in further studies of literature.

 
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