Sumbiopolis

Cities, as they are currently configured, owe their existence on globalized gigantism supported by the carbon intensive global transport of goods by aircraft and shipping. Symbiocene planners agree with Bill Rees in seeing cities as "entropic black holes" (Rees 1997) defying all superficial attempts at pseudo-sustainability with their 'green walls'. We will need to exit … Continue reading Sumbiopolis

Ghehds

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 … Continue reading Ghehds

Health and Generation Symbiocene

From Earth Emotions (2019) I take it as axiomatic that symbiosis is foundational to life at all levels and that symbiogenesis is at least as important as natural selection in the evolution of life on Earth. In the era after the Anthropocene, the Symbiocene, the physical and mental health of humans will be vitally connected … Continue reading Health and Generation Symbiocene

Solastalgia in the Anthropocene and the Ghedeist in the Symbiocene

  Abstract The Anthropocene epoch is based on the evidence of dominance of human affairs over all natural processes at a planetary scale. It is also characterised by countless biocidal catastrophes worldwide with mass bee death by insecticides just one that has received world-wide attention. Those sensitive to the scope and scale of these insults … Continue reading Solastalgia in the Anthropocene and the Ghedeist in the Symbiocene

Sumbioism

An overarching philosophy of life. Sumbioism is the collective and cumulative art and science of 'living together' within the matrix of all life.  A sumbioist is a person who reflects on, writes about and professes this philosophy.

Sumbiology: The ‘Sum’ of Everything

I think we need a new ‘discipline’. One that takes into account the way the world actually works. I call this new discipline Sumbiology (from the Greek sumbios = living together, ology = a branch of learning and knowledge). Sumbiology is the study of humans ‘living together’ with the totality of life. Sumbiologists study life-supporting … Continue reading Sumbiology: The ‘Sum’ of Everything

Mermerosity and The New Mourning

I suggest that the ‘new mourning’ contains the emergent elements of detailed knowledge of causality, anthropogenic culpability and enhanced empathy for the non-human (Albrecht 2016-7). The etymological origins of the word ‘mourning’ come from the Greek language, mermeros related to ‘a state of being worried’ and its meaning is associated with being troubled and to … Continue reading Mermerosity and The New Mourning