What is going on with our species? Perhaps an evolutionary leap – I posit that it is the most likely scenario….
Reality Sandwich is a web magazine for this time of intense transformation. Our subjects run the gamut from sustainability to shamanism, alternate realities to alternative energy, remixing media to re-imagining community, holistic healing techniques to the promise and perils of new technologies. We hope to spark debate and engagement by offering a forum for voices ranging from the ecologically pragmatic to the wildly visionary (which, to our delight, sometimes turn out to be the one and the same).
When I first read David Lazarus’s "Web 2.0 is all about the money," I was livid. I contemplated a scathing rebuttal refuting everything he said and adding some personal insults for good measure. This is really most unlike me. Generally speaking I am considered a pretty laid back mellow guy; so why did this spark such a response in me?
The UK's EDGE of Existence program bases the need for conservation action not only on a species' extinction status, but also on its level of "evolutionary distinction." If an endangered species is one of the few species of its type left on the planet, a disproportionate amount of unique evolutionary history would be lost with its extinction – which conservation efforts should reflect. This year, EDGE focuses on the wild Bactrian camel.
When I was in my twenties, literature was my ruling passion, and my heroes were writers such as Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, and Henry Miller. I longed to emulate the passionate intensity of their prose, and the “negative capability” which infused their characters with recognizable life.