Author: glennaalbrecht

Sumbiocentric and Sumbiocentrism

  As opposed to being anthropocentric or human-centred, to be sumbiocentric means that one is taking into account the harmony of interests in the total symbioment. The aim is to maximise symbiotic ‘unity-in-diversity’ and to hold that state of affairs for as long as possible. Sumbiocentrism is a philosophical position that posits maintaining diversity and harmony

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Sumbiology

Sumbiology is the study of humans ‘living together’ with the totality of life. Sumbiologists study life-supporting relationships between people, other biota, ecosystems and bio-physical systems at places from the local to global scales. Their goal is to understand the dynamics of those relationships so that decision-making about how humanity may live a good life on this

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Sumbiophilia

E.O. Wilson (1984), and before him, Erich Fromm (1965), gave us the concept of ‘biophilia’ as something to hope for in human nature. Our instinctual love of life and life-like forms would/could prevail over necrophilia, biophobia and possible ecocide. However, although ‘bio’ means life, it is often seen in the context of a reductionist science

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Becoming a Sumbiovore in the Symbiocene

Food in the Symbiocene Sentience It’s time to include plants in the realm of sentient creatures. Sentience is defined as “… possession of sensory organs, the ability to feel or perceive, not necessarily including the faculty of self-awareness.” (Animal Liberation Front). A creature does not need a brain to be sentient. We now understand that

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Sumbiosity

Sumbiosity: An emergent state actively created by humans in all domains that conserves and/or achieves an ongoing balance and permanent interdependence between humans, all other life forms and the life support systems of the earth (biogeochemical cycles). {Greek sumbiosis, companionship, Greek sumbios = living together, Greek bios = life, Pronounciation: ‘soom-bi-os-ity’} Sumbiosity is a state

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Sumbiosity, Sumbiosic and Sumbiosic Development

Sumbiosic: Those cumulative types of active and purposive relationships and attributes created by humans that enhance mutual interdependence and mutual benefit for all living beings so as to conserve and maximise a state of sumbiosity. {Greek sumbiosis, companionship, Greek sumbios = living together, Greek bios = life, Greek suffix ic = adjective form of sumbiosity,

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Corrumpalism

Dominance by powerful vested interests has also become characteristic of what is called democracy. Rule by the people (demos) has become corrupted by rule (kratos) by the powerful (oligarchy or plutocracy). It’s worse than that; Capitalism is now run by what can be technically called corruption. Corporations and oligarchs (authoritarians) use their power and influence

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Sumbioculture in The Symbiocene

The call “to eat your greens” is good advice from parent to child. Without ‘greens’ as the foundation of what ecologists call food chains, we would not have any sort of food available for sustenance. ‘Green’ is also a term commonly associated with being an environmentalist; however, it is surprising just how many people do

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