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Philosophy and life

Most natural philosophers in the medieval and renaissance periods studied philosophy and science and did not focus on geology alone. Copernicus, Descartes, and even an Anglican Archbishop (James Ussher) are but a few of the learned people who have contemplated our Earth and the living things upon it.

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This jigsaw puzzle of rocks that lie under our feet,
And form the landscapes that we love,
Are the same rocks that, through wells and mines,
Put water and bread on the table for billions of families,
That warm our homes and fuel our cars, and which,
Unless we understand their hidden dangers,
Will always cause undue misery for humanity.
With acknowledgement to Norman Nicholson, Cumbrian poet, 1914–1987.





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