Tag Archives: science

Turning the Cube

I Such a contest is not over empty prizes. Indeed it is nothing less than the human struggle for access to reality. And for humans, access to reality is what grants control… Without access to the understanding of something, one is powerless over it. If one does have that access, however, and is able to […]

Myth and Science

The core of the human mind is mythological. Myths congeal communities, provide a temporal framework, and instill in their believers an excitement by placing them at the culmination of the myth: it is their duty to continue it. Myths legitimate and charter institutions. And despite post-Enlightenment pretensions, humans care little for the truth of their myths. […]

From the Madhouse

I We want superhumans, not superstates. What is the psychology of the superhuman? What is the psychology of the wild will? He will destroy every idol — the nation, the state, humanity, progress, moral obligations — but do you think the prophets of Ba’al would smash their statues to bits if they first did not […]

Toward an Anti-Modern Metaphysics, or Epistemology

I To my knowledge all metaphysical systems that have held cultural weight are either dualistic or monistic. I count animist / polytheist systems among the monist metaphysics, since all (again, to my knowledge) eventually reduce to a supreme deity (e.g., The Great Spirit, Atman, etc.). On the latter point see Radin’s Primitive Man as Philosopher. […]

Conservation and Conservatism

Editor’s Note: This is an old article from the journal Conservation Biology, so some of the content is historically contextual. However, some of the main insights are directly relevant to the Wild Will Coalition‘s attempts to outline the overlap between conservation and philosophical conservatism. Note, though, that where David Orr tries to sketch an overlapping sphere between […]

The Biological Basis of Morality

Where Do Values Come From? If the problem is the value of nature, the first question we face is the nature of values. In philosophy, the most compelling answer to this question comes from Hume; in the sciences, from sociobiology. Neither are necessarily incompatible with each other, and in most ways they are entirely compatible […]

Land Management Among Hunter-Gatherers: Questioning the Ubiquity Claims

Photo by Nathan Ward. Link to PDF version of article. Abstract Evidence that our industrial society, built on agricultural subsistence, is inherently ecologically destructive underlines the value in identifying which, if any, past human subsistence approaches have been ecologically benign. The traditional land management practiced by some hunter-gatherers is touted by some as a model […]

Reprint: The Fable of Managed Earth

Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission from Ehrenfeld, D. (2014). The fable of managed earth. In G Wuerthner, E. Crist, & T. Butler (Eds.), Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth (pp. 85-108). The Foundation for Deep Ecology. We must judge with more reverence the infinite power of nature, and with more […]