Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nature is a CC-BY-SA

I just finished reading a classmates post which is titled "The truth according to wikipedia". Their post embeds a great video about wikipedia and the Web 2.0 and where all this free knowledge could be going. The post and the video had some very interesting points. What it really got me thinking was; I really don't believe any of the main points get to the nut of the issue, which is, the keepers (of the last 100 years or so) of the current truth got us into the current mess of consumerism, inequitable capitalism, non-sustainable consumption of the earths resources, etc... It's no wonder there is a movement in redefining the truth and taking truth away from the current ideology. IMHO the current truth is deeply flawed and needs to be rewritten. The new truth needs to build sustainability into its core, the new truth needs to build the natural environment into its core. This idea is well discussed in a podcast/video by Dr. David Orr titled "the end to education". The new truth needs to make the stand that the natural environment is a CC-BY-SA, and not to be exploited and "owned" by the few. The natural environment was created before human arrival and should not be consumed by a truth that if you innovate nature, you not only own your innovation you also have rights to the nature you based your innovation upon. Nature is a CC-BY-SA. We live in a truth that allows companies like Monsanto to "steal" nature and make it their own and then try to sue those who have treated nature as an open resource. It's time to rewrite the truth. Flatten it out, share it, have us all accountable (and attributable) to take care of it, its a matter of our survival. This is why truth needs a collaborative rewrite so it is no longer controlled by the few who want to perpetuate an ideology (or truth) that is deeply flawed. Everything that was on earth before human arrival should have a Share-Alike license.

2 comments:

Nichthus said...

Hi Peter,

Nice work! I enjoyed your statement, "the keepers (of the last 100 years or so) of the current truth got us into the current mess of consumerism, inequitable capitalism, non-sustainable consumption of the earths resources, etc...". I have recently read Jared Diamond's Collapse and Oliver James's Affluenza, which point out the environmental and psychological damage capitalism and consumerism can result in. I also have Jeffrey Sach's Common wealth on my shelf waiting its turn...

...all should be available in a local book store, sorry, no OER yet!

Keith said...

This posting gave me a lot to think about :-)
First came the useful links and then the ecology open source arguments, some of which I was familiar with (Monsanto patenting nature) but you make this very interesting link between the natural environment and CC-BY-SA! I shall be using that idea in some of my future discussions (with attribution of course!)
Thanks for a very interesting posting!
Keith Bryant (keibr)