A summary of our first discussion on 13 July appears at the bottom of this section.
(a) Purpose and Description of the Alec Finlay National Bees Art Project
The Bee Bole
(b) Bees in the news: the urgent, extreme and global ecological plight:
Chapter 5, The Three D’s
(Excerpt from The Bad Beekeepers Club by BBC Correspondent and beekeeper, Bill Turnbull)
(c) The five topics for monthly group discussion on Bees and Philosophy and how these interrelate to the major philosophy sub-groupings
(d) Brief Overview of the Subject Matter and Scope of Philosophy: the 5 essential Sub-groupings of Metaphysics/Ontology (Theories of Existence); Epistemology (Theories of Knowledge); Ethics and Morality; Aesthetics; Politics; and how these interrelate
Honey Bee (Wikipedia)
C E M Joad, Teach Yourself Philosophy, Subject Matter and Scope
Joad, Philosophy, chapter 2
BBC 4: Who Killed the Honey Bee?
BBC programme synopsis:
Bees are dying in their millions. It’s an ecological crisis that threatens to bring global agriculture to a standstill. Introduced by Martha Kearney, this documentary explores the reasons behind the decline of bee colonies across the globe, investigating what might be at the root of this devastation. Honey bees are the number one insect pollinator on the planet, responsible for the production of over 90 crops. Apples, berries, cucumbers, nuts, cabbages and even cotton will struggle to be produced if bee colonies continue to decline at the current rate. Empty hives have been reported from as far afield as Taipei and Tennessee. In England, the matter has caused beekeepers to march on parliament to call on the government to fund research into what they say is potentially a bigger threat to humanity than the current financial crisis. Investigating the problem from a global perspective, the programme travels from the farm belt of California to the flatlands of East Anglia to the outback of Australia. They talk to the beekeepers whose livelihoods are threatened by colony collapse disorder, the scientists entrusted with solving the problem, and the Australian beekeepers who are making a fortune replacing the planet’s dying bees. They also look at some of the possible reasons for the declining numbers – is it down to a bee plague, pesticides, malnutrition, or is the answer something even more frightening?
A summary of our first discussion on 13 July:
Session One Summary, Intro and Overview
Lucille Valentine has provided an extremely useful link to a research article on bees and crop pollination and pesticides for which I thank her most cordially. It can be found at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0070182#authcontrib (Peter/Hemlockian34)