Native and Colonial Cultures

“When native met newcomer, both groups tried to benefit, as people will. In almost every case, each side believed itself to be superior—ethnocentrism seems to be a near-universal human quality—and from this belief was convinced that it could control the encounter to its advantage. But even though these various groups had wildly varying ideas about…

What if we eliminated all the world’s mosquitoes?

     The mosquito is the most dangerous animal in the world, at least as far as humans are concerned. It carries diseases that kill more than one million people a year (Bates). Assuming that humans had the ability to wipe out all mosquitoes everywhere, should we?      The first step in understanding this…

Immersion

     In 2018 my mom and I traveled to Indonesia, more specifically Bali, to attend a conference on the protection and restoration of our oceans. In fact, that’s actually what the conference was called, “Our Ocean”. During the conference, I had the opportunity to speak with, meet, and present to high-level officials from all…

Nature’s effect on human biology

“The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses”     -Richard Louv      Today, many people spend entire workdays under fluorescent lights hunched in front of their computers, only to come home and bask in the glow of their television screens. In 2018 the Environmental Protection Agency surveyed…