The intent of this book and video review guide is to help us to live according to Kingdom standards which bring Heaven to earth.
We are living in an epoch called the Anthropocene. Many people call it "the age of humanity," but I prefer to call it "the rage of inhumanity." A new book by ecological philosophers and animal liberation scientists Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison called Anthrozoology: Embracing Co-Existence in the Anthropocene just crossed my desk, and I haven't done much else than dive into it for the past few days. Their latest book is an eclectic and interdisciplinary journey that demands that we change our ways. It's description reads:
This groundbreaking work of both theoretical and experiential thought by two
leading ecological philosophers and animal liberation scientists ventures
into a new frontier of applied ethical anthrozoological studies. Through
lean and elegant text, readers will learn that human interconnections with
other species and ecosystems are severely endangered precisely because we
lack — by our evolutionary self-confidence — the very coherence that is
everywhere around us abundantly demonstrated. What our species has deemed to
be superior is, according to Tobias and Morrison, the cumulative result of a
tragically tenuous argument predicated on the brink of our species’
self-destruction, giving rise to a most unique proposition: We either
recognize the miracle of other sentient intelligence, sophistication, and
genius, or risk enshrining the shortest lived epitaph of any known
vertebrate in earth’s 4.1 billion years of life.
Tobias and Morrison draw on 45 years of research in fields ranging from ecological anthropology, animal protection and comparative ethics to literature and spirituality - and beyond. They deploy research in animal and plant behavior, biocultural heritage contexts from every continent and they bring to bear a deeply metaphysical array of perspectives that set this book apart from any other. The book departs from most work in such fields as animal rights, ecological aesthetics, comparative ethology or traditional animal and plant behaviorist work, and yet it speaks to readers with an interest in those fields.
A deeply provocative book of philosophical premises and hypotheses from two of the world’s most influential ecological philosophers, this text is likely to stir uneasiness and debate for many decades to come.
Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, partners who between them have authored some 50 books and written, directed and produced some 170 films, a prolific body of work that has been read, translated and/or broadcast around the world, have been married for more than a quarter-of-a-century. Their field research across the disciplines of comparative literature, anthropology, the history of science and philosophy, ecology and ethics, in over 80 countries, has served as a telling example of what two people – deeply in love with one another – can accomplish in spreading that same unconditional love to others – of all species.
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