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Heavy and Light Contingencies of Consciousness

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Considering both organic and inorganic population sizes, we touch upon the language and constructs of freedom. And because what is unthinkable—a true, elusive, existential freedom—is also unacceptable, other than, perhaps, in death, a logic with no conscription, or general accord, then what is biologically left? A new plurality of human natures and human taxa in general wherein diverse personal redemptions might serve as ecological proxies, to whatever extent, in the ethical reengineering of human population attitudes motivated by a willingness to act rationally, moving forward.

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Tobias, M.C., Morrison, J.G. (2021). Heavy and Light Contingencies of Consciousness. In: On the Nature of Ecological Paradox. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64526-7_11

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