Challenges of the Anthropocene

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  1. Wynne Lee says:

    Interesting. Below are a few resources you might find useful if you pursue this topic.

    There’s strong evidence that all creatures, not just humans, are underdetermined and must cooperate to both survive and strive.

    All earthlings are interdependent, as Thich Nhat Hanh and other Buddhists, and many indigenous peoples, have been pointing out for a long, long time – a philosophical POV that ‘western’ thinkers ignore at their peril. That peril is equally deep in ‘western only’ efforts to pin down what homo sapiens sapiens is today. Kinda like Freud asking, in exasperation, “what do women want?” and seeking an answer on his terms alone 😏

    Altruism by Mattie Ricard

    Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (see chapter Umbilicaria for just how primitive inter-being can be)

    The Hidden Half of Nature by David Montgomery and Anne Bikle

    I Contain Multitudes by Ed Jong

    Sapiens by Yuval Harari (he too discusses, with compelling examples, the immense power of human storytelling in cultural development and expansion)

    Not just humans raise their ‘underdetermined’ offspring by mom alone, eg elephants, sea lions, clownfish and mountain gorillas, though some do – and some non-human species just ‘lay and go’, great examples of extreme non-nurturing moms. Humans aren’t as unique as sometimes postulated.

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