- Though I did my two Blogger BioBlitzes on different continents, there’s one species that’s so widespread that I’ve seen it each year: Fragaria vesca (you can check out this wikipedia page there’s an interesting range for fruit morphology!).
So here is the plant post for the Blogger BioBlitz 2008. The flora described here is rather common within the region outside these woods, but species composition is varying from one year to the next in this particular area, since it is slowly recovering from a big storm about a decade earlier. Plants species composition seems nevertheless to be changing as a result of this disturbation, and it may be interesting to see what’s going to be there in the next decade… But let’s first see the new face of plants community living here.
Though this is not a real bioblitz in the sense that I hadn’t time to investigate about each species living by, I nevertheless also had the chance to census another place.
Quite quickly only, my actual aim was to prepare a natural sciences class.
The most common plants from a forest near Rennes (French Brittany, map here), on the 25th September in the morning (a foggy one).
Now that I got a few pictures back, I make it a full post on its own…
According to recent studies (read a more detailed account at Rationnally Rationnallizingly Speaking), there is a correlation between the skin conductance of people and their political leaning: apparently, the more sensitive someone is to sudden noises and threatening images (as measured by changes in its skin conductance), the more it is inclined to conservative opinions. And this factor beats sociological factors by far… A fact that makes my hands clammy (oh no! no! no!) clumsy…
In another study (though this one is not something completely new), giving an explanation for our own choices is apparently disconnected from our real motivations for chosing, as shown by asking the rationale for choices people didn’t actually make.
Hum, so we just hear about the wrong reasons for people’s choices after it’s too late anyway, just because of pores… Hey, at least I can come up with a conspiracy theory as to how our current president* got elected: because he organized riots one year before the elections…
Anyway, these are really interesting investigation of our mind way of dealing with the world, and I greatly suscribe to Massimo’s conclusion about these weird news:
(…) learning more about how the human mind really works — as opposed to the way we would like it to work — is surely the only way to discern effective from fruitless approaches to engage that mind in productive discourse. Just beware of loud noises, threatening images, and investigators who surreptitiously switch the pictures of women you like with those you don’t.