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On the Nature of Ecological Paradox

  • Philosophical dissection on the duality of humanity. Homo sapiens is both a species within the biosphere, and the alleged “steward” of that same complex of ecological systems. But this dual role is collapsing. To that point, the book firmly challenges the concepts and historical assertions of human superiority over all other life forms

  • Proposes an alternative to the systemic view that humanity purports to a collective behavioral response to natural selection at the species level that is in any way sustainable

  • Engaging essays on conservation biology, environment and population studies, bio-culturalism, the history of science, ecological restoration, animal protection, various components of sustainability and public policy, international environmental law, and the vast realms of ecological aesthetics, philosophy, metaphysics and ethics

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Table of contents (101 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 3-11
    3. On the Nature of Paradox

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 13-19
    4. Ecological Problems and Paradigmatic Solutions

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 21-27
    5. Protected Area Dilemmas

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 29-39
    6. The Paradox of Protection

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 41-44
    7. The Ecclesiastes Factor

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 45-53
    8. Pathologies of Self-Image

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 55-64
    9. Paradoxical Frontiers

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 65-85
    10. The Obsolescence of Presuppositions

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 87-94
    11. Ecological Contradiction, Antinomy, and Counter-Intuition

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 95-102
    12. Heavy and Light Contingencies of Consciousness

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 103-107
    13. The Paradise Paradox

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 109-114
    14. Codex Sinaiticus

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 115-127
    15. Russell’s Paradox as Ecological Proxy

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 129-134
    16. The Evolution of Innocence and Strategy

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 135-139
    17. Tatters and Poignancies

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 141-146
    18. The Echoes of Malhazine

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 147-155
    19. A Cave at Taranga

      • Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison
      Pages 157-174

About this book

This work is a large, powerfully illustrated interdisciplinary natural sciences volume, the first of its kind to examine the critically important nature of ecological paradox, through an abundance of lenses: the biological sciences, taxonomy, archaeology, geopolitical history, comparative ethics, literature, philosophy, the history of science, human geography, population ecology, epistemology, anthropology, demographics, and futurism.
The ecological paradox suggests that the human biological–and from an insular perspective, successful–struggle to exist has come at the price of isolating H. sapiens from life-sustaining ecosystem services, and far too much of the biodiversity with which we find ourselves at crisis-level odds. It is a paradox dating back thousands of years, implicating millennia of human machinations that have been utterly ruinous to biological baselines. Those metrics are examined from numerous multidisciplinary approaches in this thoroughly original work, which aids readers, particularly natural history students, who aspire to grasp the far-reaching dimensions of the Anthropocene, as it affects every facet of human experience, past, present and future, and the rest of planetary sentience.
With a Prologue by G. Wayne Clough, former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Foreword by Robert Gillespie, President of the non-profit, Population Communication.

Keywords

  • Evolution
  • Ethics
  • Ecodynamics
  • Neural Plasticity
  • Conservation Biology
  • Science Philosophy

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dancing Star Foundation, Los Angeles, USA

    Michael Charles Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison

About the authors

Michael Charles Tobias is a global ecologist, anthropologist, historian, explorer, author and filmmaker. He obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of History of Consciousness from the University of California-Santa Cruz and has conducted field-research in nearly 100 countries.. Tobias is the author of more than 45 books (both fiction and non-fiction, as well as several edited anthologies). In addition to his numerous books and published research papers, he has written, directed, produced, executive produced or co-executive produced well over 100 films – TV series, documentaries and dramas, most pertaining to environmental, cultural, social or scientific issues. A former Professor at Dartmouth, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque and elsewhere. In 1996, Dr Tobias received the "Courage of Conscience Award" for his commitment to nature and non-violence. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Parabola Focus Award for his long-standing body of work aimed at creating a better world. Dr. Tobias is the long-time President of the Dancing Star Foundation.


Jane Gray Morrison is an ecologist whose work has taken her to over 30 countries. As a filmmaker, Ms. Morrison has produced numerous films for such networks as Discovery, PBS (where she also Co-Directed "A Day in the Life of Ireland" for Irish Television and WNET/New York), “Hotspots” and Turner Broadcasting for which she served as Senior Producer for "Voice of the Planet," a 10-hour dramatic series based upon the history of life on Earth. Her books include "Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence"; “Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus;” “God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor;” and “No Vacancy.” She has co-written five books published by Springer. Since 1999, Jane Morrison has served as the Executive Vice President of Dancing Star Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on the interdisciplinary humanities and social justice movements as they concern humankind's relationship to the natural world.


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