Welcome to the “Provocations” blog. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, a provocation is an “action or speech that makes someone angry , especially deliberately.” It derives ultimately from the Latin verb provocare meaning to “challenge.” It is more in this latter sense that I have chosen the title of this blog: I seek to challenge commonly held assumptions and understandings of our civilization and culture.
Eventorum (Latin): Occurrences or events, issues or outcomes.
My Eventorum are a selection of hot topics from what I am reading or listening to, apropos to this blog’s themes, accompanied by pithy one-liner commentary.
My name is Tim and I am a husband and a father. I am a surfer, paddler and sailor – an aspiring waterman. I am also a writer and a poet. These are my avocations. As for my vocation, I am an Earth system scientist, or perhaps more accurately, I am a student of the Earth. I study and model components of the Earth system, especially the water and energy cycles of our planet.
All of this makes me an activist too. A passionate defender of Gaia, for without Her, there is no us.
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