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Shifting Baselines Syndrome can also be called "Old Timer's Syndrome," as in, "you shoulda seen it when." It's about reminding people of how things used to look, not to depress them, but to keep them from settling for a degraded world and to prevent us from some day living in visual monotony.

Since publishing my OpEd on Shifting Baselines last fall in the L.A. Times (which was reprinted in a dozen newspapers and very nicely reworked at: http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/olson.html ) I have received a number of e-mails from people telling me their own personal SB Stories. If you have one to share here, please send it to me at info@shiftingbaselines.org.

Randy Olson