The Wood Wide Web

02022-12-21 | Book, Environment, Reading | 0 comments

Still reading Ways of Being, by James Bridle. My copy of the book is already full of sentences and paragraphs I highlighted. Sometimes I am only able to read a single page because I need to reflect on the information I just received. I need to let it ferment a little before I can go on. Those are my favorite books. :-)

I learned that The Wood Wide Web was the headline on the cover of the August, 1997, issue of Nature magazine.

Network Theory, which followed right on the heals of the invention of the World Wide Web, enabled us to SEE such networks in nature. We humans use a model through which we view the world. If our model doesn’t acknowledge something we will not see that thing. It will remain in our blind spot. Once we had the World Wide Web and Network Theory, we were able to see similar networks all around us, such as forests and the fungal strands, the mycelium, that connect the trees in a symbiotic relationship.

Remarkable, but not surprising, that we needed to invent a technology in order to see and understand the same principle at work in nature.

Ways of Being is a great book for anyone who enjoyed The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben or The Overstory, by Richard Powers. A great trilogy.

I can get behind this.


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