Author: glennaalbrecht

Can Philosophy go Viral?

A building at Paris International Airport, Corona architecture. Image by author. Humans have always contemplated the importance of the invisible in nature. To account for the invisible influences of the Earth and its cosmos, humans have invented ‘forces’ to explain their impacts. Spirit forces, even God(s) might be human inventions to help us understand the

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Beyond Chiroptophobia

The Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus … Greek polios, ‘grey’, cephalus, ‘head’) lives in a big colony near Tocal. I have been thinking about them lately as bats and viruses have been in the news. The history of human interaction with Flying foxes is a curious mixture ranging from chiroptophobia (fear of bats), to forms of

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‘Sumbios’

I preferentially use the ancient Greek ‘sumbios’ for a family of new concepts I am developing. The term ‘symbiosis’ is a New Latin and German construction of the scientific community in Germany around the late 1800s (although some identify its first use from around 1622). According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the modern term ‘symbiosis’

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Complexity Theory and Health: Viruses, Bat Attractors, Tractors, Cannibalism and Mad Cows

Written in 1999 as Chapter 3. Complexity and Human Health: Across the Health Hierarchy Nick Higginbotham, Glenn Albrecht, Linda Connor (2001) Health Social Science: A Complexity and Transdisciplinary Perspective. Oxford University Press. Draft 8/8/99           (Glenn Albrecht) CHAPTER 3  THEORIES OF COMPLEXITY 3.1.  Complexity theory: Ideas that transcend disciplines Once we understand that human health is

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Global Dread

Global Dread The experiences of angst, dread, nausea and despair are commonly associated with the writings of the existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard wrote The Concept of Dread in 1844, but it was published in English in 1944. Kierkegaard’s dread was prompted by the tension created in human affairs by “original sin”,

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