Category: Psychoterratica

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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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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“Solastalgia: the distress caused by environmental change”

“The people I was concerned about were still ‘at home’, but felt a similar melancholia as that caused by nostalgia connected to the breakdown of the normal relationship between their psychic identity and their home. What these people lacked was solace or comfort derived from their present relationship to ‘home’. In addition, they felt a profound sense of isolation

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Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene.

Exiting The Anthropocene It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth’s history appropriately named ‘The Anthropocene’ (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000). The name is derived from the observed human influence and indeed dominance of all climatic, biophysical and evolutionary processes occurring at a planetary scale. The issue is not

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Topoaversion

(topos = place), (aversion = 1590–1600;   Latin āversiōn-  (stem of āversiō ), equivalent to āvers ( us ) turned away ( see averse) + -iōn- -ion) [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aversion] The feeling that you do not wish to return to a place that you once loved and enjoyed when you know that it has been irrevocably changed

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