Articles

Stephan Harding on Animate Earth

Dr. Stephan Harding talks about the themes explored in his book 'Animate Earth' and looks at how Gaian Science can help us to develop a sense of connectedness with the planet at a time of climate crisis. He integrates rational scientific analysis with intuition...

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Dawn Chorus May 7

Dawn Chorus This Sunday - May 7, 2017 Join Brett Westwood and a gang of unexpected bird lovers as BBC Radio 4 throws an all-nighter in search of the Dawn Chorus. Going on air just after midnight and staying up till 7am Brett will host a night ofconversation,...

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Making Kin

Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin Donna Haraway History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA from Environmental Humanities, vol. 6, 2015, pp. 159-165  www.environmentalhumanities.org There is no question that...

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From Mechanistic to Organismal Biology

A re-printing of E S Russell's seminal 1930 text exploring issues around Geothian science, as published at nature institute.org. Renowned author and thinker Stephan Harding will give a paper on the principles of Goethian and Batesonian approach to scientific discourse...

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Human Language-Making as Environmental Praxis

Human Language-Making as Environmental Praxis Dr Camilla Nelson published in Politics of Place • Green Connections • Issue 03   Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; W. B. Yeats,...

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Making Invisible Cattle

Making invisible cattle: commodifying genomic knowledge in dairy cattle breeding Annika Lonkila University of Eastern Finland /Finnish Environment Institute ISSUE Vol 3 (2017): Trace: Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies SECTION Articles PUBLISHED Apr 24, 2017...

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Choreographies of horses and humans

Meeting points: choreographies of horses and humans TRACE ∴ FINNISH JOURNAL FOR HUMAN-ANIMAL STUDIES VOL 3. (2017) LYNDA BIRKE University of Chester (UK) We live our lives in spatial relationships with many other animals. I live in an old farm- house in rural England,...

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Join the hunt…

There are three species of oil beetle found in Wales. Violet oil beetle (Meloe violaceus),and Black oil beetles (Meloe proscarabaeus) are widespread and can be locally common whereas the Rugged oil beetle (Meloe rugosus)  is rare and known only from a small number of...

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Walking with My Iguana

from The Poetry Archive, a poem by Brian Moses which begins... I'm walking with my iguana I'm walking with my iguana When the temperature rises to above eighty-five my iguana is looking like he's coming alive. So we make it to the beach, my iguana and me, then he sits...

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About Dougie Strang

Dougie Strang gives the keynote performance in the first evening. Here's what Dougie says about himself: I create live installations and performances, mostly out of doors and embedded within the landscape. I try to use natural materials and employ low-tech effects:...

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Staying with the Trouble

Donna Haraway Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble Sympoiesis, not autopoiesis, threads the string figure game played by Terran critters. Always many-stranded, SF is spun from science fact, speculative fabulation, science fiction, and, in...

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Lost tribes, lost knowledge

An essay by Eugene Linden One horrible day 1,600 years ago, the wisdom of many centuries went up in flames. The great library in Alexandria burned down, a catastrophe at the time and a symbol for all ages of the vulnerability of human knowledge. The tragedy forced...

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What is Biosemiotics?

What is Biosemiotics? “The study of signs, of communication, and of information in living organisms” (Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1997. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 72). This article is reproduced from The International Society of...

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Walking the northern wall

WALKING THE NORTHERN WALL Barbara Bender adapted for the internet by Paul Basu Close to the top of the hill is the quoit. In prehistoric times people lifted one stone on top of the other, and then levered up the top stone and propped it so that a peep-hole was...

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The boy who spoke the language of stones

The boy who spoke the language of stones Who today understands what the stones are saying? Oh, there are stones a-plenty at Le Cap – granite ones, rocks on the cliffs of the north face of Le Cap, pebbles on its southern beaches, not forgetting all the little stones,...

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Zoosemiotics

From Dario Martinell  A Critical Companion to Zoosemiotics: People, Paths, Ideas Full text available here Zoosemiotics is a field of inquiry introduced in 1963 by Thomas Albert Sebeok. That is the year when the term and a first definition make their first appearance,...

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List of animal voices

From Wikipedia, a fantastic roll call of animal voices. Antelopes – snort Badgers – growl Bats – screech Bears – roar, growl Bees – buzz Big cats (tigers, lions, jaguars & leopards) – roar, growl, snarl Bitterns – boom Cats – mew, meow, purr, hiss Chickens – cluck...

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Wild Sanctuary

Since 1968, Bernie Krause has traveled the globe to record, archive, research, and express the voice of the natural world - its soundscape. These increasingly rare sounds of the wild inform and enrich our specialized efforts from the field to public performance. Hie...

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Music for Cats

David Teie: Music for Cats http://www.musicforcats.com David Teie comes from a long line of musicians. As a cellist, he has given eighteen solo performances with the National Symphony Orchestra including a U.S. tour under Russian maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, who...

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Phil Smith and Alyson Hallett – new book

Walking Stumbling Limping Falling A Conversation ​Alyson Hallett & Phil Smith  An email conversation between a noted poet.walker and a noted performance.walker about being temporarily prevented from walking 'normally' by illness/surgery. Their reflections cover...

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Animal communication

All animals use some form of communication, although some animal communication is more complex than others. Animal language is any form of communication that shows similarities to human language; however, there are significant differences. Some animals use signs,...

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Alyson Hallett article

Published at the Scottish Centre for Ecopoetics When I was 22 and everyone I knew was starting to think in a very serious way about their futures and their jobs, I went to Iona as a volunteer for six weeks.  Six weeks turned into a year and a half, and besides being...

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Aganetha Dyck

In North America, Europe and many other parts of the world, bee populations have plummeted 30-50% due to colony collapse disorder, a fact not lost on artist Aganetha Dyck who for years has been working with the industrious insects to create delicate sculptures using...

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Inter-species collaboration

Inter-Species Collaboration Life on earth is its own Inter-species Collaboration. Gaining awareness of our inter-dependence with all living things non-human,in my humble opinion,is the first step in recognizing that we as a species are a part of Nature. No more, no...

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Inter- And Intraspecies Communication

The Nature Of Inter- and Intraspecies Communication Interspecies communication is the interchange or transmission of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs from members of one species to members of another species. Intraspecies communication...

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Contemporary art, animals and ethics

French artist Pierre Huyghe has long used animals in his work: bees, dogs and fawns frequently roam his elaborate worlds, worlds he creates in gallery and exhibition sites, transforming them into uncanny non-places, places “in-between” nature and culture. The first...

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