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Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village geneticist stands...

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"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I shared a sizable acreage of New Jersey hardwood forest.  It was indeed a long time ago though only about ten miles from here.  Amongst the wild orchids and other forest flora were American chestnut trees almost as tall as I am.

 

Had I still a spot of earth on which to plant a tree that tree would be Darling 58.

 

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The tree itself, as both an individual organism and a unique restorative intervention, seems unimpeachable.

 

Its almost-guaranteed use as a wedge for less laudable projects is/will continue to be the sticking point, unfortunately. Even so, I would love to see the restoration go forward. 


"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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