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ORGANIC COOPERATION
 

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Stories from nature or What care for others practically means?

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Organic Cooperation Intro

Some say that we are already a piece of organic cooperation, a synchronized community of 50 trillions of unicellular citizens co-working, cooperating between them and with the happenings around and thus keeping us alive. In a world so polarized like ours, more and more isolated and with less and less collective pleasurable activities, organic cooperation should be studied and practiced from kindergarten, shouldn’t it? Are there some rules that generate organic cooperation in nature and in human societies (Nowak, 2012)? 
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Why Darwin was too intelligent to be a darwinist? Two stories about cooperation.


I first found out about these two stories by reading Dictionnaire de l`impossible of Didier van Cauwelaert. 
The first one is about the water mosquito and drosera, a carnivorous plant, and the second one is about an orchid from Madagascar and an elephant-butterfly.
In his autobiography, Darwin mentioned that despite all misinterpretations of his words and work, he never affirmed that the natural selection is the only explanation for the evolution of the species. And here are two stories with plants and insects that favor evolutionary cooperation instead of competition. The first one involves one of Darwin`s passions: feeding carnivorous plants.  (more)



A Love and Death Choreography with Bamboos

In the late 1960`s, there was a strange synchronicity. An entire species of bamboo called Phyllostachys bambusoides suddenly flourished all over the earth, despite the fact that some specimens were thousands of kilometres away, growing in the United States, China or Japan. After pollination of these flowers, the formation of fruits and the fall of the seeds on the ground, also in a synchronous way, these huge plants, some reaching 20 meters high, died suddenly.
 The seeds they left behind grew into a new generation of plants that will bloom again only in 2090. Based on prior flourishing, recorded in China from the year 999, followed by some recordings in Japan, the hypothesis is that this species has a flourishing cycle of 120 years, and that the next love and death dance for them will take place in 2090. (more)


The forest of fractals. A small appetizer for the paradigm of cooperation.

There is a fascinating story about cooperation. Several years ago, a group of researchers measured, using the fractals theory, each branch of a randomly chosen tree in a forest, with green branches, with dry branches, with everything. Then the researchers overlaid this map of that tree growth over the map of the forest the tree was part of and they noticed that the two were identical. While occupying their own vital space, both drew the same drawing with their own bodies, at the same pace. The dance of the tree and the dance of the forest with the light, rain, wind, left identical spatial traces, identical life architectures. (more)


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The message of An Army of Trees: No Abuses, Please! 

A strange phenomenon happened in 1981, in some natural parks of South Africa in the Transvaal region. Thousands of kudu antelopes were found with empty stomachs, dead of hunger, near their favorite food: acacia trees full of leaves dancing calmly in the African wind.
This strange phenomenon was followed by months and years of researches conducted by the team of a south African scientist, prof. W. van Hoven.
How come that they died in a park that should have protect them? And in such an unexpected and large number? (more

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