The impacts of the late Anthropocene, the age of human dominance over the planet, are now headline news. Visions of a pessimistic future for present and future generations are regularly presented to audiences in public and scientific forums. From the IPCC to cli-fi, the message is one that constantly reminds us that the hot breath … Continue reading Entering the Symbiocene.*
Prihdom: the desire to be set free while at the same time being afraid of the consequences. From Indo European roots: prih (pri) – to love, [Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English frēon, to love, set free; see prī- in Indo-European roots.] prī- / Indo-European roots: … Continue reading Prihdom
There is a real need for new concepts in the English language that help us understand the vital relationship between our physical environment and our mental states. We need a new conceptual ecology to remember and reunite that which we have almost forgotten. Our appreciation of nature, for many city-based and urban citizens, is now … Continue reading Caretaking a new Landscape of the Mind (2011 for Ingenius)
From Earth Emotions: The Third and Last War: The Emotional War between Terraphthora and Terranascia. Warfare has been part of the human condition since recorded history. The origins of the word 'war' have meanings connected to states of confusion and being 'mixed-up'. I can see the relevance of 'war' at a time in history where, … Continue reading Symbiosis is life, Dysbiosis is death.
From Earth Emotions (2019) Global Dread Beyond mermerosity (and meteoranxiety) is a more serious existential condition focused exclusively on extreme anxiety about the future. Having its origins in a conversation in 2003, "global dread" is a psychoterratic condition that anticipates a hugely negative future state of the world. It produces a mixture of terror, extreme anxiety … Continue reading Mermerosity and Global Dread
Symbiocene Food and Becoming a Sumbiovore (From Earth Emotions 2019). Generation Symbiocene will appreciate more than any earlier generation that "you are what you eat". As we further investigate the human gut microbiome, it is clear that the relationship, between the foods we consume, and the characteristics of our gut bacterial communities, is an intimate … Continue reading On Becoming a Sumbiovore
Pedolygia (ped-o-ly-gia) I have often considered that we need a new term in our ethical lexicon to describe deliberate harm inflicted on future generations by those who promote increasing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. I have used the term "ethically bankrupt" to describe such people, but particularly politicians who lie to the current generation … Continue reading Pedolygia
Albrecht, G.A. (2010) Solastalgia and the Creation of New Ways of Living, Chapter 13 in Pretty, J. and Pilgrim S., (eds), Nature and Culture: Rebuilding Lost Connections, London, Earthscan, pp.217-234. Introduction: The global transformation of place and psychoterratic dis-ease Cultures all over the world have concepts in their language that relate psychological states to states … Continue reading Solastalgia and the Creation of New Ways of Living (2010)
Public Heritage in the Symbiocene (draft). Albrecht, G.A. (2018) Public Heritage in The Symbiocene, The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice Edited by Angela M. Labrador and Neil Asher Silberman. Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Public Archaeology, Online Publication Date: Mar 2018. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190676315.013.12 https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-public-heritage-theory-and-practice-9780190676315?cc=au&lang=en& Glenn A. Albrecht Honorary Fellow; School of Geosciences, The … Continue reading Public Heritage in the Symbiocene.
Terrevenge = Earth revenge (From Middle French terre, from Latin terra (“earth”) and Middle English revengen, from Old French revengier, re- + vengier, to take revenge, from Latin vindicāre, to avenge).