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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Meuacide: the extinction of emotions

Meuacide is defined as the extinction of emotions: (From meuə– an Indo-European root for words such as remove, motion and emotion plus cide, meaning to kill). Caused by forces that, for example, destroy psychological, cultural and biophysical diversity. As rich and diverse emotional connections to place and home at all scales are erased they are replaced with

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Earth Emotions and Ecology

“In many respects, especially for Indigenous people, the scientifically derived terms “ecology,” “ecological,” and “ecosystem” also fail to capture the emotional and cultural dimensions of the human relationship to land. They are useful terms in systems science but not so relevant to the expression of human emotions. Ecosystems are abstractions, as it is impossible to

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The Effort of Blame: Bushfires and Burnt Koalas.

I have meteoranxiety. The red, orange and yellow colours on the satellite weather screen indicate the intensity of precipitation. Yellow is moderate, red is heavy rain. I am being teased by the rain. Only the top of my head is wet but the most savage drought I have experienced in my lifetime (I am 66)

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