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Robert Thorson: Thankful For Science, Our Beautiful Blue Planet

Robert Thorson: Thankful For Science, Our Beautiful Blue Planet

Each Thanksgiving I find something to be thankful for that most people miss. This year, my gratitude is for a new discovery about our beautiful blue planet.

For the past few days, I've been reading Florence William's new book about the medicinal value of nature. For her, "The Nature Fix" (the title of her book) comes from the sensory experience of being surrounded by living nature. For me, the fix also comes from linking that experience to something deeper and grander.

But before moving on, let's pause to consider the bad behavior of one species: Homo sapiens. Congressional millionaires are cutting taxes for corporate billionaires. Women have reached a tipping...