Murujuga (The Burrup Peninsula)

The Burrup Peninsula* of the Pilbara region of North West WA has the Aboriginal name of Murujuga (hip bone sticking out). The human and environmental history of Murujuga perfectly illustrates what happens when a value system dominated by instrumental (use) values trumps one based on intrinsic (inherent) value. The original people of Murujuga, the Yaburara, … Continue reading Murujuga (The Burrup Peninsula)

Ethics, Anarchy and Sustainable Development

[Image of me visiting Murray Bookchin at Vermont in 2001] First published in Anarchist Studies, Autumn 1994. This draft version is reproduced here because I believe it to be relevant to the issues we face in 2020. I also acknowledge my debt to Murray Bookchin in the evolution of my own thinking from social ecology … Continue reading Ethics, Anarchy and Sustainable Development

Every Emission Counts: Avoiding the Erasure of Identity

There are many important issues on Earth right now. Movements such as "Me too" and now, "Black Lives Matter" are hugely important in addressing systematic injustice. Today, I carefully examined a graph (above) that shows that there is one huge issue over-riding all others ... climate warming. As Siberia melts 80 years ahead of sober … Continue reading Every Emission Counts: Avoiding the Erasure of Identity

The Importance of Language: “the expansion of my language means the expansion of my world”.

If “the limits of my language … mean the limits of my world”, as the early Wittgenstein once argued, then our current language has impoverished both humans and the nature it supposedly describes. I am a scientific realist, yet I acknowledge the power of language and narratives in creating the zeitgeist, through which humans interpret … Continue reading The Importance of Language: “the expansion of my language means the expansion of my world”.

Imminania

Imminania: a powerful feeling of sorrow for what is about to happen, deep sorrow for the future. (im-in-an-ya) From imminent; 'about to occur' (Latin imminēns: to overhang) and the Greek ania (a form of algia, Greek; algea) that is characterised by the emotion of sorrow or sadness). From the Greek, Ania (Ἀνία – “sorrow”). We … Continue reading Imminania

Covid-19, Pandemics and Solastalgia. From Alternatives Journal 32:4/5 2006.

Covid-19, Pandemics and Solastalgia. From Alternatives Journal 32:4/5 2006. "Any context in which pervasive change to the existing order challenges place identity has potential to deliver solastalgia. Transformative technologies and emergent disease (for human and non-human life) have enabled change to occur to cultural and natural environments at a speed that makes adaptation difficult, if … Continue reading Covid-19, Pandemics and Solastalgia. From Alternatives Journal 32:4/5 2006.

Covid-19 and Capit-20: Going Viral.

A building at Paris International Airport, Corona architecture. Image by author. Humans have always contemplated the importance of the invisible in nature. To account for the invisible influences of the Earth and its cosmos, humans have invented ‘forces’ to explain their impacts. Spirit forces, even God(s) might be human inventions to help us understand the … Continue reading Covid-19 and Capit-20: Going Viral.

Beyond Chiroptophobia

The Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus ... Greek polios, 'grey', cephalus, 'head') lives in a big colony near Tocal. I have been thinking about them lately as bats and viruses have been in the news. The history of human interaction with Flying foxes is a curious mixture ranging from chiroptophobia (fear of bats), to forms of … Continue reading Beyond Chiroptophobia

‘Sumbios’

I preferentially use the ancient Greek ‘sumbios’ for a family of new concepts I am developing. The term ‘symbiosis’ is a New Latin and German construction of the scientific community in Germany around the late 1800s (although some identify its first use from around 1622). According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the modern term ‘symbiosis’ … Continue reading ‘Sumbios’