Despite the importance of connections between environmental health and human health (physical and mental) in many cultures, we have very few concepts in English that address environmentally-induced mental distress and physical illness. In order to rectify that deficiency, I have created two new diagnostic categories: psychoterratic and somaterratic health and illness. These make the connection […]Read More Psychoterratic and Somaterratic health and illness.
Plato’s Cave. The 5th century BC philosopher Plato, in his book The Republic, tells the story of the famous Allegory of the Cave. The allegory is a conceptual device to help the reader see the distinction between appearance and reality. In the story, prisoners in the cave see only the shadow shapes of real objects […]Read More An Allegory of Two Caves
Climate science has been warning us about chronic, negative environmental changes for decades now. However, the scientists have been wrong on almost every front. Wrong in the sense that every prediction they have made has been shown to be mistaken. Climate reality, as it has unfolded, has been worse than their predictions. The science has […]Read More We must move Inland to Cessnock: Sea Level Rise in Newcastle, NSW, Australia
I take it as axiomatic that symbiosis is foundational to life at all levels and that symbiogenesis is at least as important as natural selection in the evolution of life on Earth. In the era after the Anthropocene, the Symbiocene, the physical and mental health of humans will be vitally connected to health in symbiotically structured […]Read More Health and Generation Symbiocene
Climate Calescence: An increasingly warm climate. To be distinguished from a changing climate or a cooling climate. Suffocale? (a feeling of being trapped by all-encompassing, increasing heat). Use: The heat wave is suffocaling me, if this suffocaling does not end soon, I will expire. I am suffocaled and will expire. From: suffocate (Latin suffōcāre, suffōcāt- : sub-, sub- + faucēs, throat.) and calescence (C19: from Latin calēscere to grow warm, from calēre to be warm). […]Read More Climate Calescence.
I suggest that the ‘new mourning’ contains the emergent elements of detailed knowledge of causality, anthropogenic culpability and enhanced empathy for the non-human (Albrecht 2016-7). The etymological origins of the word ‘mourning’ come from the Greek language, mermeros related to ‘a state of being worried’ and its meaning is associated with being troubled and to […]Read More Mermerosity and The New Mourning