Volume 13, Number 5, May 2019

ISSN 1757-05 22

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GUEST EDITORIAL / Pierfrancesco Guarino

– Interview with  Pierpaolo Battigalli / Pierfrancesco Guarino

– The 3rd triennial international conference of the German Society for
Philosophy of Science 25-27 February 2019 / Michael Koerner


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  • Uncertain Reasoning / Seamus Bradley
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Climate action

Get inspired by Canada’s climate strikers

Dear Robert,

As an auntie to a bright, passionate, nature-loving kid, I am committed to doing what I can to ensure a livable climate for him. Do you share that same commitment for yourself and the young ones in your life?

If so, check out Canada’s student climate strikes on May 3.

I do a lot in my own life to reduce my impact on the climate, but there’s only so much we can do as individuals and families. We need our politicians to act.

Kids from all over the world have been coming together with a rallying cry, striking for bold climate leadership from politicians. They are also asking adults to vote for climate action in the fall federal election.

Millions of kids around the world came together on March 15 for an inspiring day of action. The next Canada-wide strike will take place on May 3.

What can you do?

Talk to the kids in your life about climate change and support them if they want to strike.
Help them make signs that express how they feel about climate change. They can bring these to the strike. Here and here are some examples.
Find out where strikes are happening.
Read what David Suzuki has to say about the youth-led movement.
Spread the word about the climate strikes on social media.
Go to the strikes in your community in support of the students. Respect that this movement is youth-led. Don’t steal their thunder, but cheer them on from the sidelines.
Share your strike experience and pictures on social media using #fridaysforfuture and #climatestrike and send them to elected representatives and local news outlets.

Importantly, strikes are not the end goal. Climate action is. To stay connected for more action, sign on to the students’ open letter demanding that all political parties have a comprehensive and bold plan for climate justice. Once you do, you’ll hear from the students about more opportunities for action.

I’ll leave you with the words of Aliénor Rougeot, one of the Toronto student strike organizers:
“Every single action matters and we need all hands on deck.”


Jodi Stark
Climate and Clean Energy Public Engagement Specialist
David Suzuki Foundation

Go here to donate.



Several weeks back, Colin Marshall told you about an enterprising group of high school students in North Bergen, New Jersey who staged a dramatic production of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. And they did it on the cheap, creating costumes and props with donated and recycled materials. The production was praised by Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver alike. Now, above, you can watch a complete encore performance made possible by a $5,000 donation by Scott, and attended by Weaver herself. Have fun. – from Open Culture

Watch the production here.


Review by Bob Lane

“In The Drum that Beats Within Us, Mike Bond shares his deep love for our magnificent western forests, mountains and wild open spaces, and his profound expression of the joys and tragedies of love and of life’s greatest existential questions.” – from the introduction

An award-winning poet and critically acclaimed novelist, MIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. His widely loved novels and poetry depict the innate hunger of the human heart for the good, the intense joys of love, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world. The flavour of the book is captured by this quote: “In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.” – Carl Sagan

The poems are beautiful and range from the long lyrical expressions of love and nature to the brief expressions of a moments insight into a sudden feeling, expressed with a few words that capture the moment and the feeling perfectly:

Our skin – is it the air? Our soles the grass?

Truly is the earth our heart, as from the earth we pass? – From “Leaving Indian Caves, Montana”

“the best words can do is say how we feel” – From I CHERISH YOU

I cannot touch/ what hurts me / it will not go away – From SORROW

“Nothing/ will always/ be true” – From NOTHING

One of the recurring themes is time and our relationship with it in our daily walk toward the grave. Internal time with its mind-oriented observations and contemplations, its deep feelings and yearnings, its love of the earth and of others; time past with memories of other poets and cultural heroes and the words they employ to assist us in our existential acceptance of life and death; external time which flows inevitably and silently and personally to an inevitable end.

“Homecoming” is a short poem which looks back at Ulysses:

Or, this moving poem about an ordinary event in an ordinary life in an ordinary place:

One of my favourites is CRAZY QUILT: A poem about scraps: a dead brother, killed in Vietnam, a pregnant sister, a rusted tricycle, scraps that make a pattern, a pattern that makes a life. And, of course, a warning about war and being honest:

And finally, a recipe for life here and now:

“Touch the earth, come together with the grass/ that mats the fields, understand the joy/ of emptiness” – From THE POETS AMONG US

Bond writes in the preface, “Despite multiple lamentations over its demise, poetry is still alive and well – especially in one of its most ancient forms: lyrics. In recent decades it has even reached new heights of cultural and artistic prominence, and is the backbone of the major musical and cultural evolution of the twentieth century.”

Get this book of poems. Read them. Consider them. Live poetically.

Bob Lane is an Emeritus Philosopher at Vancouver Island University.