Addendum to Gardening in Eden

After that, what does anything matter but that all through the Pleistocene we continued to evolve cognition/behaviour systems finely tuned to cooperative (shared and learned thus collective) cultural adaptations?

Right and Left? Nope.

HELGA INGEBORG VIERICH·SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 “..The watchwords of the nineteenth century have been, struggle for existence, competition, class warfare, commercial antagonism between nations, military warfare. The struggle for existence has been construed into a gospel of hate. The full conclusion to be drawn from a philosophy of evolution is fortunately of a more balanced … Continue reading Right and Left? Nope.

Gaia’s Problem Children: Humans

Nov 30, 2018 10: 47 amAlso discussed during two podcasts: one here and another here. Ecological engineering, and a keystone role, in any local ecosystem, is the human cultural adaptive niche. Maybe we should call this a "hyper-keystone" niche, since humans have managed their ecosystems by making use of a host of other keystone species … Continue reading Gaia’s Problem Children: Humans

Symbols:when a picture is worth a thousand words…

Nov 7, 2018 11: 50 pm Symbolic communication can be visual or auditory: it can, of course, also be tactile and olfactory. Spoken language is made up of vast numbers of arbitrary combinations of vocal sounds, which the invention of writing and numeracy transformed into visual symbols for communicating across time and space. It seems … Continue reading Symbols:when a picture is worth a thousand words…

Gardening in Eden

Nov 7, 2018 11: 50 pm The capacity for a learned and shared system of transmitting information between individuals, and across generations,  is culture, a secondary adaptive system that many social animals have. Humans developed culture into a major adaptive system. In humans this is a learned and shared collective "cognitive niche",  the "specialist" behavioural and cognitive … Continue reading Gardening in Eden

Man-camps for oil, timber, mining… are “wretched hives of scum and villianry”? Reflections on resource extraction.

Jul 7, 2018 8: 44 pm Want to understand the brutality at Standing Rock? This banal evil has deep roots in extractive industries.. The problems with the kind of work and other conditions in the “oil patch” that many Albertans (and other regions in both Canada and the USA - indeed all over the world) have … Continue reading Man-camps for oil, timber, mining… are “wretched hives of scum and villianry”? Reflections on resource extraction.

Human Nature is shaped by Culture: here’s how…

Oct 9, 2017 3: 03 pm Humans, unlike whales and elephants, developed a system of learned behavior that was specialized at environmental manipulation – using technology to do everything from getting and processing food, to maintaining body microclimate. Tool use is, of course, prehumen: indeed, it is not limited to primates, and furthermore, creation of … Continue reading Human Nature is shaped by Culture: here’s how…

Thoughts on human evolution: what if modern behaviour and cognition come first?

The emergence of Homo sapiens, has been as contentious an issue as is the emergence of the particular  "Anatomically Modern” variant since the late Pleistocene, with more fragile jaws, chins, reduced or absent brow ridges, and elevated cranial vault.  Much has been made of brain size increases throughout human evolution, as indicative of conceptual augmentation … Continue reading Thoughts on human evolution: what if modern behaviour and cognition come first?

Why the Ecological Imagination Matters

“..The watchwords of the nineteenth century have been, struggle for existence, competition, class warfare, commercial antagonism between nations, military warfare. The struggle for existence has been construed into a gospel of hate. The full conclusion to be drawn from a philosophy of evolution is fortunately of a more balanced character. Successful organisms modify their environment. … Continue reading Why the Ecological Imagination Matters

Anthro-Ecology

Mar 10, 2017 5: 28 pm The fact that humans have generated a behavioral niche, – an anthro-ecology – within which other species of mammals and birds have been integrated, through natural and “artificial” selection, is clear. And it may be quite true that humans, being part of nature, constitute agents of natural selection along … Continue reading Anthro-Ecology

Biophilia is real and may have saved our species

If you ever wonder what "biophilia" means, as an evolved and potent attribute of the human mind, look at these pictures. This is something common in all human cultures, although many have chosen to deliberately stamp it out and call it "sentimental nonsense". This was the vital core - this love of the living thing … Continue reading Biophilia is real and may have saved our species

On Human Mating Habits: considering also the evidence of “introgression” between anatomically modern and archaic people.

Recently two aspects of our understanding of humanity appear to be converging. One is the study of human reproductive - especially "sexual" - behaviour, which has resulted in lively research focus in the field of Evolutionary Psychology, as well as Anthropology. Meanwhile, geneticists and ecological anthropologists have been working out the implications of discovering that … Continue reading On Human Mating Habits: considering also the evidence of “introgression” between anatomically modern and archaic people.