A form of social, cultural and literary criticism that evaluates all forms of creative endeavour from the perspective of: The degree of interconnectedness between the social world and the biological and ecological systems that support it The level of awareness of the forms symbiotic 'living together' between different types of beings on this planet The ability … Continue reading Sumbiocriticism
Sumbiology is the study of humans 'living together' with the totality of life. Sumbiologists study life-supporting relationships between people, other biota, ecosystems and bio-physical systems at places from the local to global scales. Their goal is to understand the dynamics of those relationships so that decision-making about how humanity may live a good life on this … Continue reading Sumbiology
E.O. Wilson (1984), and before him, Erich Fromm (1965), gave us the concept of ‘biophilia’ as something to hope for in human nature. Our instinctual love of life and life-like forms would/could prevail over necrophilia, biophobia and possible ecocide. However, although ‘bio’ means life, it is often seen in the context of a reductionist science … Continue reading Sumbiophilia
Exiting The Anthropocene It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth's history appropriately named 'The Anthropocene' (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000). The name is derived from the observed human influence and indeed dominance of all climatic, biophysical and evolutionary processes occurring at a planetary scale. The issue is not … Continue reading Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene.