Reason, Religion and Ecology

Reason, Religion and Ecology
republished 11/15/14, originally published in Oct 2012

Reason is based on linking evidence to form a valid explanation. There is no evidence that a god exists. There are no answers to prayers, there is no supreme being ever seen or heard. The Universe may be infinite but no one knows for sure, but it’s much greater than any religion ever said. The big bang is only one explanation for how the universe was created, but its based on evidence. Astronomers and now physicists are finding evidence that may point to still other explanations. That’s the nature of science, theories explain facts until new facts are not explainable with the earlier theory. Science is a continuous discovery process. Religion, in contrast, offers no evidence, and assumes mythical beings exists who no one has ever seen or perceived. It’s a static view which cannot be challenged. Continue Reading →

Olkowski Buurnell 1972 Conversastion Biological 10 commadments


An Ecological 10 Commandments

By William Olkowski, PhD


In the Integral Urban House (Olkowski et al., 1972) Dr. Sterling Bunnell and I created an alternative 10 commandments based on the original wording (whatever that was). Now I have modified the list after 30 or so years.


I believe it’s a better summary of what an Ecological 10 Commandments should be like in place of the old one published back in 1972.  And much better than the really old one maybe going back to a mythical year of zero.  That 10 commandments seems more oriented to maintenance of the institutional religion (Christianity – Protestant) than any prescriptions for living the good and ecological life.

1.      Honor the Ecosystem which is your origin.

2.      Do not take more from the Ecosystem than is necessary for survival than you return in materials and services.

3.      Invest in Knowledge of the World, its organisms and elements.

4.      Pass on Learning as its accumulation means a more beneficial living experience for all life forms.

5.      Do Not Kill any organism for pleasure only for defense and food.

6.      Live Honestly without harming other humans and other species.

7.      Follow Good Health Practices to improve your health and public health.

8.      Publish and discuss widely to get feedback and influence others.

9.      Grow and Produce Enough Food for Thrival without causing irreplaceable ecosystem impacts.

10.  Create Beautiful Artifacts (including buildings, paintings, sculptures, books, costumes, ideas, music, dances, software programs, etc.).