Writing my Clinical Psychology thesis - request for ideas

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  1. milifestyle

    milifestyle New Member

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    Sometimes a thread might be started by a user who is later banned, the discussion might still be relevant or open for debate so the thread remains. Hope that helps, Hazelnut...
     
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    I sorry to learn that I will not hear more from him in these forums.
     
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    Definitely not a dead thread as here we all are posting...
     
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    i like that idea!!
     
  5. hazelnut

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    The only thing missing is a way to deal with the local politicians.
     
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    Compost them.....
     
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    [video=youtube;5yV6fWqfPJU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yV6fWqfPJU[/video]
     
  8. hazelnut

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    Very interesting. This is the introduction to a paper I wrote about the woods back home in N. Michigan (USDA Zone 4). (USA)

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    When trees arrange themselves into a forest, it is not a random activity. Principles and patterns emerge that reveal what has happened. The tree canopy permits a shaded growth of understory trees and shrubs, and those in turn provide an environment for ground covers and vines. At the edge are the sun lovers. And then there are the animals; the lizards, toads, birds, butterflies, bees, rabbits, racoons, weasels, and wolverines, the foxes, deer, wild turkeys, the white-tailed deer, and the majestic North American black bear who make a home in the forest - a home that that no single tree could provide. A food forest is a man-made forest that incorporates the essential principles of a natural forest and it invites animals in as well to pollinate, to perpetuate, to fertilize, to prune, and to share in the abundance.
    Here I will discuss the permaculture concept of building a "food forest" garden and also talk about the natural food forest in northern Michigan that was my childhood home.
    Gardens by definition are usually not natural productions. They are made in spite of nature. They are plowed and weeded and planted with seeds or plants from foreign lands. A food forest, on the other hand, is specifically designed to mimic certain features of a fully developed or climax forest. Wells, et. al. (2) define a climax forest as, "one capable of maintaining itself on the same site indefinitely, once established, given no dramatic climatic changes" (1999:12). A climax forest is one which follows a succession of plant communities to the point that seedlings "tolerate the conditions the parents create and thus are able to persist."
    When selecting plants for a food forest design, it doesn't matter if the plants are the same kind that may have flourished in your area prehistorically. What does matter is that the structure and processes of a mature forest are replicated.

    Unquote. [Unpublished Paper]

    In this paper I recommended that to plant gardens, people should go to the woods around them and look at what is happening there.

    I think growing up in a forest makes for a different kind of person than one who grows up on concrete. And what we need now are forest people who know what the functioning earth looks like.

    And we need to look at all kinds of forests as models for our thinking, not just tropical forests.

    So thanks for this introduction to a "Zone 5" forest and I hope to hear more.
     
  9. Callum EHO

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    Yes there is a massive pent up ecological need there in communities and cultures despite efforts by corporations and governments wanting to surpress it. All we need is something to unlock it. Permaculture is a great start but it is still perceived by many as too hard so we are going to have to get smarter how we enguage....I got a few ideas but still thinking about how best to present them - some of my posts are a start. Good luck with your research - your topic of research sounds very interesting and well targetted.
     
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    Prevalence of O.C.D. among permaculture people.... ;)

    Seriously though, growing things is relaxing. A sandwich made from your own garden; what can beat that?
     

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