Much of the cosmetics industry seems to revolve around the idea of being able to turn back the aging process a few years… I’m getting a little grayer around the muzzle myself (I’m the wolf part of wolfnowl.com) but I’m rather proud of those white hairs – and not just because it makes me look like Santa Claus. However, that’s not what this blog post is about.
My mind often works in a ‘ping-pong’ fashion (some might call it ‘cascade failure’ instead 😉 ) and while I was fishing around for an idea for this week’s ‘green’ post I found myself thinking about the webinar with Dr. Jennifer Languell I watched last week. One of the things she mentioned was our (over)reliance on technology such as air conditioning systems when we could choose instead to incorporate passive systems that require no energy generation. That got me thinking about an episode I’d seen on television once about a house that had incorporated waterways and gardens within the main floor of the house; one that essentially required intensive airflow modification to keep the temperature and humidity in check. It was an engineering marvel that worked very well… as long as the electricity to run the system wasn’t lost. That got me thinking about different technologies, including methods used by ancient cultures, that don’t rely on such elaborate mechanical systems. Many people tend to see ancient and especially aboriginal cultures as being ‘primitive’, but in many cases their technology and their Ways of being equalled or surpassed our own. For example, the Hopi people of the American southwest have been growing corn in a desert for millenia. Continue Reading →