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Module Six

Symbiosis: All lives Interlive

Before you address Mod 6, Make sure you have finished Mod. 5, including, from Process Stream:
Read "Recognizing the Others" with care, and write and post a brief reflection on the activity in your journal. Include your sense of how this activity might be received by your students and your peers, and perhaps by your local developers/businessmen.

Symbiosis Concept Stream:


Symbiosis Project Stream

Journal of Everyday Earth: Create three Entries, Post two.

Take a risk--try something you have never done.

For Journal this mod, explore your own interdependencies in all aspects of life and how your awareness of them has widened as you have matured.

As an artist, I have moved from a young 50s guy who perceived self as ruggedly individual, self-actualizing as psychology put it, and owing little to any. Oh, I was willing to acknowledge a few influences on my art, in a way that now suggests minimal understanding. What have I moved to? A kind of humility, I suppose, that recognizes that nothing I've done or made has been accomplished alone, that all art-making is a collaboration with the wide river of human creativity, past and present, and most importantly (for me), a collaboration with Earth, which provides me with a continuous stream of images that gift me my poems and heal me daily. They also keep me more or less sane.

Life is relational in every aspect. In ecology's term, interrelational. Biology sciences have been (for political reasons) very slow to accept the fairly obvious ways in which the planet is symbiotic at every level. The very origin of our eucaryote cells is through symbiogenesis. Each of your cells, except red blood cells, contains about 2,000 tiny powerplants called mitochondria which have their own DNA, reproduce themselves on a different schedule from the whole cell. These mitochondria were free-living bacteria that have achieved a symbiosis with other once-free bacteria which led to the larger eucaryote cells of protists, fungi, plants and animals. Plant chloroplasts, like mitochondria, have their own DNA and reproduce independently within plant cells and algae cells. They are a symbiosis separate from mitochondria. Serial Symbiogenesis theory is now widely accepted after almost 50 years of fighting within the fields of biology, genetics and microbiology. So, students, we are consortia of bacteria.



Interliving Process Stream:

Learning Activities: There are four under Symbiosis. Read all four and do one. Post your result in your Journal.

Praise to the Small Ones

Edges, Where the (Inter)Action Is

Community--Who Belongs?

A Message to Earth