Pulcreate = to create beauty From the Latin pulcher = beautiful For artists, writers, musicians and all other 'creatives' who put human-inspired beauty into Nature.
The core message of the concept of the Symbiocene is the fact that life coalesces with life and that even the idea of autonomous individuals 'networking' or having 'entanglements' with other autonomous life is inadequate. Networks, webs and entanglement imply atomism at their core. They are sticky conceptual traps. The meme of the Symbiocene opens up … Continue reading Sticky Conceptual Traps
Gone are the days where camping consisted of a shelter tent for two carried in a backpack. Today, in Australia and many other parts of the world, camping represents a huge quotient of carbon dioxide on wheels. Massive internal combustion vehicles with extremely poor fuel economy and huge emissions of greenhouse gases and … Continue reading Psychoanalysis and Camping
First Antipodean Nature Note: A pair of Dollarbirds (Eurystomus orientalis) nested next door in a big Ironbark. For about a month the cackling noise of the parent birds bringing-in insects for what I thought were two noisy babies was constant. This morning, after seeing a big Black Snake in the garden, I noticed a young … Continue reading Dollarbird
From 'Earth Emotions: "Although a transdisciplinary philosopher by inclination, I have attempted to give "Generation Symbiocene" a relentless, optimistic and practical view of their future. Such extreme optimism is needed to counter the ruthless pessimism that is emerging from the critics of the Anthropocene and the collective wisdom of scientists who keep warning us about … Continue reading Pessimism Vs Optimism
Individual organisms are actually holobionts or multiple species co-existing in the same time/space. The human body is the host home of trillions of bacteria, viruses, phages and fungi all sharing the one life. Our microbiomes contain 'old friends' who fight our enemies. The idea of species is specious. Every breath we take-in is an open … Continue reading Bottom-Up Aphorisms
We now live in a technological world driven by intelligence that is neither characteristically male nor female. There are now thousands of jobs in industry where intelligence and dexterity are the required attributes, not brute strength. In the growth sector of service jobs, intelligence and emotional clarity are the essential skills. Equal male and female … Continue reading As the GNP goes down, GSP (gross sumbioregional product) goes up.
Celebrating the Solstice in the Symbiocene Ancient cultures the world-over celebrated the summer and winter solstices. December the 21st 2020, because of Covid-19, there will be a virtual gathering around Stonehenge in the UK to celebrate the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, for the Northern Hemisphere. Pagans feasted and marked the solstice … Continue reading Neohenges
Solastalgia and Soundscapes I have solastalgia at the fading of natural sounds in the environment ... our soundscape is changing. We are in fact experiencing an aural invasion … the sounds of the natural world are slowly being silenced by the noise pollution of industrial society. If it is not the cacophony of air conditioners, road and … Continue reading Solastalgia and Soundscapes (2007)
(Original publication in Rethinking the Built Environment: Proceedings of the Catalyst ’95 Conference, 13-16 July, 1995, ed. By Dr. Janis Birkeland, Centre for Environmental Philosophy, Planning and Design, University of Canberra, PO Box 1, Belconnen. Glenn A. Albrecht, The Department of Geography, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308. Introduction One of the major intellectual … Continue reading Social Ecology and Organic Environmental Design