History is full of impossibilities that came to pass. Who can say which of today's anomalies might become tomorrow's technology?   Dr. Bernhard Haisch

Kia Ora!

The practice of weather modification, like weather prediction, began countless millennia before the rise of Western civilization. Traditional WM methods were utilized in many parts of the world by various Indigenous peoples and continue to be performed today.

What is already an ancient custom may well become "tomorrow's technology" in the West. This is not unusual as many Western concepts, values, products and skills have actually been "borrowed" from non-Western sources.

An understanding of traditional WM technology requires knowledge of at least some of the general features of the Indigenous worldview which, in many respects, has long been diametrically opposed to the Western version. That is, until recently. At last, Western science is beginning to acknowledge fundamental errors in its view of reality and nature and to concede the wisdom of the Indigenous perspective. Some eminent Western scientists have realized this fact and acknowledged it in various ways.

The following extracts outline the difference between the two worldviews:

--- An overview of Nature, Indigenous traditional knowledge and science
"Indigenous traditional societies shared a common world view and approach to life which accorded strict respect for and studied adherence to the social, spiritual and physical design as found in the natural creation. Indigenous culture based knowledge systems were developed over the millennia. These systematized knowledge systems still survive to varying degrees and are especially noted for their qualities of simplicity, functionality, integration, holism, adaptability, and sustainability."
Four Worlds International
Institutes for Indigenous Sciences

A scientist's view of Western science and Nature

"I think that many of the problems we have come from a too narrow scientific paradigm or model of reality which creates a split between the mind... feelings and experience. This creates a split in our entire culture which is at the root of our ecological crisis and the sense of alienation and loss of meaning. I think a more holistic and inclusive scientific approach will help heal this split and improve our relations with the natural world around us and each other."

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