Category Archives: Uncivilization

After Plant Families: Identifying the Genus

If you are a beginner to plant identification, please read Getting Started with Plant Identification and Plant Family Patterns for the Neo-Botanist before reading this post. If you already know how to identify plants by their families, proceed as usual.  What is a Genus? Scientific names of plants usually consist of two parts: (1) a […]

Transfiguration on Mount Shasta

Why, when we encounter something such as a beautiful work of art, or a stunning vista in nature; or hear the wind blowing through the boughs of a stand of tall trees, or waves crashing on the beach, do we experience awe and reverie of the beheld object that is felt deep within of our […]

It’s Everyone Else Who Is Homeless

Modern citizens often live their day to day lives on a single, connected piece of concrete with small islands of well-tended grass and trees and perhaps a few animals well-suited to the city, like deer, squirrels, and rats. The wilderness is obviously much different. Relationships with plants and animals are an intrinsic element of the […]

Taking Rewilding Seriously

Source: The Dark Mountain Project It is, it seems, our civilisation’s turn to experience the inrush of the savage and the unseen; our turn to be brought up short by contact with untamed reality. — Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto Wildness is the Focus Rewilding has become something of a fad. The internet and libraries are […]

Why Comfort Isn’t an Argument for Industrial Society

Rewilding entails the breakdown and eventual annihilation of many modern technologies, certainly all the most foundational ones: electricity, roads, dams … (See Repent to the Primitive — forthcoming). When people hear this, they respond with a stock set of statements: “You can’t go back in time” (true); or, “The system is too powerful for us to defeat” […]

Into the Wild: Another Poisonous Plant Fable?

Source (buy book for cited sources) At nearly every workshop or presentation that I have given over the last ten years, I have been asked my opinion about Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild. “You should read it!” I was advised, dozens of times. Many people outlined the story for me, dwelling especially on the […]