From little things big things grow (song co-written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody). Yet, adoration of the individual hero and the ‘big’ person view of history prevails. In ‘Earth Emotions’ (May 2019) I see this trait as, in part, a failure to understand the symbiotic turn in life science. I argue: “Some humans have
In what I hope will be a relatively short period of time (perhaps decades), there will be a point in human social development where almost every element of human culture, habitat and technology will be seamlessly re-integrated back into life cycles and processes. In order to get to that preferred state of living, I suggest
While it might seem counterproductive, the extension of ‘rights’ to non-humans, including landscape elements, in an effort to bring them into the circle of human ethico-legal protection, will also not be in the spirit of the sumbios and the Symbiocene. This is because ‘rights’ have their origin in exploitative and manipulative modes of human decision-making
My work is pro-growth. However, it is not pro-parasitic or terraphthoric growth which is tierracide (Earth murder). It is the negation of the above and its replacement with a form of growth that is consistent with symbiosis, a foundation of life on Earth as we know it. Terranascient growth is good and we need as
At both the microscopic scale and the macroscopic, life has no ‘environment’, if the environment is defined as that which is outside of or surrounds our life. The term the ‘environment’ makes no sense. Our human life is interrelated and engaged in maintaining a constant balance between the micro (microbiomes), the meso (coherent bodies) and
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
Symbiomimicry is beyond biomimicry in that the symbiotic elements of life processes are replicated in human creativity and design. We don’t just copy the form of life, we replicate the life processes that make the mutually beneficial associations between different life forms strong and healthy.