By Stephan Harding
In Animate Earth, Stephan Harding explores how Gaian technological know-how may help us to increase a feeling of connectedness with the more-than-human global. His paintings is predicated on cautious integration of rational clinical research with our instinct, sensing and feeling - a very important job at the present of critical ecological and weather crisis.
Stephan Harding replaces the chilly, objectifying language of technological know-how with a manner of talking of our planet as a sentient, dwelling being instead of as a useless, inert mechanism. for instance, chemical reactions are defined utilizing metaphors from human existence, equivalent to marriage, allure, repulsion etc., with a view to carry character again into the area of rocks, surroundings, water, and dwelling issues. during this feel, the booklet is a latest try and rediscover anima mundi (the soul of the realm) via Gaian technology, whereas assuming no earlier wisdom of science.
Animate Earth argues that we have to determine a correct courting with the planet as a dwelling entity within which we're indissolubly embedded - and to which, within the base line, we're all responsible. The publication conjures up the reader to hook up with a profound feel of the intrinsic price of the Earth, and to find what it potential to reside as harmoniously as attainable inside a sentient creature of planetary proportions. This accelerated moment variation (published within the united kingdom in 2009) incorporates a new bankruptcy on fungi, new contemplative routines, and an replace at the global-climate situation.
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Extra resources for Animate Earth: Science, Intuition, and Gaia, 2nd Edition
The human soul was connected to the souls of animals and plants through the anima mundi, but failed humans reincarnated as animals, which were not worthy of much respect because they “came from men who had no use for philosophy”. For Plato, the Earth was merely a convenient place from which to carry out the contemplation of celestial bodies, but any other habitable planet would have done just as well, since not much attention needed to be paid to what was after all merely the lowly abode of the body.
The blinkered abomination of those who call themselves ‘evolutionary biologists’ permeates the great universities of California, eastern Canada, England, New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and many other former British colonies. They control the ‘organismic and evolutionary biology’ (OEB) budgets. Harding doesn’t practice such “academic apartheid” (Lovelock’s term). No, his loyalty is to the whole living Earth, and yet he never waivers in his dedication to science as a way of knowing. This contribution, Animate Earth, because of the accessibility of its language and in spite of the depth of its erudition, is as laudable as it is unique.
I am also deeply grateful to Derek Hook, Gary Primrose and Christina West at Yewfield in the English lakes for enduring my family for two weeks whilst I mused on various aspects of the work, and to Andy and Sarah Middleton and their charming children for their generous hospitality at Whitesands Bay, and for urging me to write in the splendid tower of their lovely hotel in St. David’s. My special thanks to the artist Deirdre Hyde, my long-standing friend whom I met whilst I lived in Costa Rica, for so generously painting the cover picture and the wonderful illustrations that grace this book.