"Festina lente"

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About lies and punishments

23 de February 2021Francisco Lloret

Jaume Terradas wrote a few days ago about lies, pseudo-truths, their ubiquity in nature, and their ethical connotations. His writing is timely, thoughtful and in my opinion accurate. With his permission, I will add a couple of additional thoughts. The time we live leads us to transfer to the space of bits the conversations that we had so many times at the office door.

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The hidden side of rarity: it’s not that rare being rare

3 de April 2020Francisco Lloret

Begoña García has spent many years passionately studying a curious plant, Borderea chouardii. It is a rare species with a biogeographical origin that dates back to the Tertiary and remains confined to a few limestone cliffs in the Central Pyrenees. Unknown until the middle of the 20th century, it is considered an endangered species. But... is it?

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Pragmatic ecology

11 de December 2019Francisco Lloret

Recently, my friend Paul Zedler raised a question between insidious and philosophical: our scientific procedure based on searching for processes and establishing causal relationships, has no significance unless it translates into actions. I had no other option than accept the premise, otherwise I would get exposed at the top of the infamous ivory tower.

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Nunc incrementa lente exeunt, festinatur in damnum

12 de June 2019Francisco Lloret

For Ramon Margalef, in the centenary of his birth. Why do not we find ecosystems in the atmosphere, as in oceans and continents? In the atmosphere, spores, pollen grains and micro-organisms float, most of them expelled from soils. But trophic networks are not established, nor are there large flows of energy and matter controlled by living beings.

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Game of mirrors in Ecology

25 de February 2019Francisco Lloret

Life is supported on the planet by the interactions between organisms. This interactions often are subject to a set of more or less distorted appearances, and that appearances define each interaction and the living environment of each organism.

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