Rain Dances and Fairy Houses

Despite not getting a chance to interact much with the campers for the first couple of weeks, I was still able to take note of some techniques that seem to help develop ecological orientations while I waited for my turn. Many of these, particularly the following exercise, are actually examples of explanation plurality, invoking the magical and encouraging creativity to explain the mundane. Asking the interns to take a small intermission from our work, our instructor gathered both the young campers and interns in a circle to perform a rain dance. Placing some jade in the center of the circle and instructing us to take hands, he taught us the lyrics to a song he took from the writer, which is just one of her many hats, Starhawk, that went as follows (to the best of my memory):

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Kernels

I finally got the model working! The kernel looks good and its graph is pretty (below). I’ve used some iterative code to find the model’s stable population growth rate, stable stage distribution, and reproductive value vector. I have not used a very large matrix due to the computing limitations of my laptop, but I can easily transfer my code to a more powerful computer when it becomes necessary.

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