Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

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Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Post by graham » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:31 pm

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Reading between the lines I do sense some support for Gaia Week, so thanks to you all. I really value the contribution of Old Blues and your concern that current students get the opportunities they deserve.

I do plan to reach out to the folk at Knepp Estate to see what we can learn from them.

I hear your concerns about Rupert Sheldrake, however having booked him as a speaker in senior chapel and not a lecturer in science I don't feel the need to defend the decision further.

Having heard your concerns I have decided he will not be advertised in the programme as a keynote speaker, just one of many from a range of disciplines and ideologies.

I hope this allays any fears or sadness you may be feeling and reassures you of my best intentions in organising this week for our students.

With all best wishes

Absolutely, Christy. I also want to apologize for not emphasizing my support for the initiative as strongly as my concern regarding Rupert Sheldrake's ideas. Encouraging students to think about the big picture, regardless of whether it's politics, science or arts, is important and this is a great chance to accomplish that. I think your placement of Sheldrake as a speaker in chapel is appropriate, given the subject matter, and it sounds like the rest of the program is diverse. Thanks for listening to our concerns in such an open way.

If you do manage to get someone from Knepp to come along, please let us (or at least me) know. I have never visited but have read a lot about it and hope to check in out on one of my visits back to the UK in the near future. Its a fascinating project. A couple of friends of mine are staff scientists at Yellowstone National park and have been closely involved with monitoring ecosystem level responses to the reintroduction of gray wolves 25 years ago. Though smaller scale, the Knepp project seems to be yielding similar results, albeit due to the (re)introduction of herbivores rather than predators.
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Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Post by Mid A 15 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:34 pm

Coincidentally an article mentioning Rupert Sheldrake in this week's Catholic Herald. ... -practice/
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Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Post by J.R. » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:22 pm

Mid A 15 wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:34 pm
Coincidentally an article mentioning Rupert Sheldrake in this week's Catholic Herald. ... -practice/
Well - Interesting reading if nothing else.

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Post by sejintenej » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:38 pm

Definitely interesting though I can go along with the doggy bit.
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Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Post by MrEd » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:05 pm

Gaia Week.

A form of primitive animism. I thought it was a Church of England-based school, something to do with Edward VI as I recall.

Anyone who remembers Mr West might have thought at first glance that the Druids were taking over.
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Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Post by michael scuffil » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:45 pm

What is primitive about animism? It was believed in by the Romans whose culture we were taught to respect, and in the form of Shinto, by most Japanese, whose civilization seems quite advanced.

Incidentally I have no objection to Sheldrake's views whatever. My problem all along is that the ones he is best-known for are speculative rather than scientific, and that because this might attract the mockery of the unimaginative, he should not be associated with an undertaking (an Environment Week) which should have science, not speculation, at its heart. Ditto 'Gaia'.
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Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Post by coliemore » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:54 pm

This initiative can be evolved into a new environmental policy for CH based on hard science.

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