Last site update: 03.15.21
Construction zone: this site is under revision
Welcome to Stone's Map.
Stone's Map is a project by me, Alder (Ollar) Stone Fuller. It is an attempt to integrate and synthesize the work and play of my life: my education -- both as student (my formal education includes multiple university degrees in the life sciences, including a PhD, and mathematics) and as a college-level teacher for four decades -- and my personal experiences in wild natural places (including but not restricted to the wilds of eastern Maine, US, where I currently live and study bushcraft or outdoor living skills), punctuated by occasional personal opinions, most notably about my attempt to practice a life style called minimalism or voluntary simplicity.
Why am I publishing this site as an independent educator? After being associated with mainstream education for decades as both student and teacher, in 1998, I gave up a full time position teacher of biology and mathematics at a NM community college to do what I am doing now. Why? Even more important than an atrocious workload and horrendous politics in the school, I felt then -- and even more strongly now -- that mainstream education at all levels -- high school, college/university and graduate school -- is failing to teach today's citizens some of the most important new ideas -- both in science and outside of science -- that are necessary for the evolution of a new kind of culture and society that is truly ecologically sustainable and allows our damaged Earth to heal. I am attempting to offer introductions to those ideas and concepts here along with guides to more advanced study for those who choose. Although obviously not a complete set of ideas for those new cultures and societies, I believe that these ideas are a necessary component.
To begin your exploration here, I suggest that you do the following, in no particular order:
view the videos below, just a small fraction available via this site.
Please note: This site is optimized for larger monitors -- 9" pads and larger -- laptops and desktops rather than phones. Therefore, if you found it using the latter, please return for exploration on a larger monitor. Most of my videos are produced to be viewed full screen on larger monitors. (It's about details of illustration.)
Yule Part 2
Complexity 101 -- How Nature Works: An Introduction to the Principles of Complexity Sciences -- is now available as a video course! Check out this page with a four-part introductory overview of the course. You'll find there over 10 free hours of videos that are part of the course.
My intro video about Geophysiology: Earth as a Complex Adaptive System in two parts. It is: 1) lesson 9 in Complexity 101; 2) an introduction to a video course; and 3) a stand alone video to help people understand this important concept. Please use this link instead of the thumbnail.
A sample of my videos about nature, including nature-oriented travel logs of eastern Maine. This is the first; the second is linked at its end, etc. The first two are 1-minute each, the 3rd and 4th about 5 minutes each. #1 and #3 are un-narrated but with music tracks. Please use this link instead of the thumbnail. (Please note: my ATV is my only motorized vehicle; I use it to get to wild places and errands like groceries.)