What is in a name? From Major Mitchell to Ghellar-lec (Gellarlec)

(Image from Gould, The Birds of Australia) [The draft notes for an essay on the naming of birds, written in early 2022] Background notes from Wikipedia and other sources: COMMON NAMES: Major Mitchell's cockatoo, Leadbeater's cockatoo, pink cockatoo, desert cockatoo, wee juggler, cocklerina, chockalott Indigenous names: Jak-kul-yak-kul,   Aborigines   of   the   mountain   districts   of   Western   Australia.  Ghellar-lec, The … Continue reading What is in a name? From Major Mitchell to Ghellar-lec (Gellarlec)

The Psyche, Solastalgia, Therapy and the Symbiocene

Solastalgia and the Psyche As a philosopher, I tread with trepidation into the realm of psychiatry. While both disciplines have overlapping domains in the mind/brain nexus, they also diverge into many areas where there seems very little mutual contact. That only psychiatry has a clinical context is also a major point of departure. One area … Continue reading The Psyche, Solastalgia, Therapy and the Symbiocene

Gaia is dead and we have killed her

God is dead and we have killed him Gaia is dead and we have killed her Eorlif[1] is still alive, but we must relife herm. .......................................................... It was Friedrich Nietzsche who, in a now famous aphorism, proclaimed: God is dead … and we have killed him (The Gay Science, 1882 book 3 125 page 181, 1974 … Continue reading Gaia is dead and we have killed her

Solastalgia and Fire: Written for the Australian Black Summer of 2019-2020. Re-written for the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2022.

Glenn Albrecht, Australia’s 'Person General'. We are all being fucked by the fickle finger of failure. The land that we love is being fried and a bunch of fuckwits in charge are doing nothing about it. It is frying because the joint is getting fucking hotter. Our trees and gardens are fucking dying and frying … Continue reading Solastalgia and Fire: Written for the Australian Black Summer of 2019-2020. Re-written for the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2022.

Spruce juice and Eucalyptus elixir.

Spruce juice and Eucalyptus elixir. From Earth Emotions (2019): "I am fully supportive of experiences such as "forest bathing" (Shinrin-yoku) that give back to the body the elements it needs for physical health, for example, enhanced oxygen levels. I do this at my property at Duns Creek. The subtle combination of trees, running water, wind … Continue reading Spruce juice and Eucalyptus elixir.

The symbiotic emotion

What my most positive thoughts now tell me is that we must resist so-called 'deep' adaptation to an increasingly solastalgic world. That path is an abrogation of our personal and collective obligation to the future and the life-chances of children. Rather, we must offer, at personal and structural levels, grounds for optimism, that we humans … Continue reading The symbiotic emotion

Disaster Amnesia

Heavy rain is falling again in the already saturated catchment of the Yimmang. Warnings from the BOM that the rain will persist for days! We have tried to engineer resilience into our waterside settlements by using sea walls and levees. As human-enhanced unnatural disasters become more frequent and cause more devastation, these 'old' protective measures … Continue reading Disaster Amnesia

The Moth and the Pygmy Possum: A Case Study in Assisted Colonization in the face of Climate Change

The Ethics of Assisted Colonization (AC) in the Age of Anthropogenic Climate Change. G. A. Albrecht • C. Brooke • D. H. Bennett • S. T. Garnet. Case Study 1: The ‘‘New Zealand’’ Mountain Pygmy-Possum (Burramys Aotearoa parvus) 2012; Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. The Australian Mountain Pygmy-Possum (Burramys parvus) is a little knownanimal … Continue reading The Moth and the Pygmy Possum: A Case Study in Assisted Colonization in the face of Climate Change