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

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“What is called sound economics is very often what mirrors the needs of the respectably affluent.” - John Kenneth Galbraith

 

"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. 


“What is called sound economics is very often what mirrors the needs of the respectably affluent.” - John Kenneth Galbraith

 

"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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