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Author Boyden, Stephen Vickers, author.

Title The bionarrative : the story of life and hope for the future / Stephen Boyden.

Publication Info. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource
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Series Free online access: OAPEN.
Contents Preface / Stephen Boyden -- 1. The bionarrative, biohistory and biounderstanding -- 2. Life before humans -- 3. Humans enter the system -- 4. The Early Farming and Early Urban phases -- 5. Ecological Phase 4: The Exponential Phase -- 6. Religion and warfare in biohistorical perspective -- 7. Healthy people on a healthy planet -- Epilogue. Musings.
Summary This book is for the general reader interested in the human place in nature and the future of civilisation. It is based on the biohistorical approach to the study of human situations. This approach recognises human culture as a new and extremely important force in the biosphere. The book discusses the evolution of life and the essential ecological processes on which all life, including human civilisation, depend. It describes the conditions of life and ecology of humans in the four ecological phases in human history, with emphasis on the impacts of human culture on biological systems. It explains how, as cultures evolved, they often came to embrace not only factual information of good practical value, but also assumptions that are sheer nonsense, sometimes leading to activities that caused unnecessary human distress or damage to local ecosystems. These are examples of cultural maladaptation. There have been countless instances of cultural maladaptation in human history. The days of the fourth ecological phase of human history, the Exponential Phase, are numbered. Cultural maladaptations are now on a massive scale, and business as usual will inevitably lead to the ecological collapse of civilisation. The only hope for the survival of civilisation lies in radical changes in the worldviews and priorities of the prevailing cultures of the world, leading to a fifth ecological phase--a phase in which human society is truly sensitive to, in tune with and respectful of the processes of life. This is called a biosensitive society. The book concludes with discussion on the essential characteristics of a biosensitive society and on the means by which the necessary cultural transformation might come about.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language English.
Subject Human ecology.
Human evolution.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on.
Biology, life sciences.
Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning.
Ecological science, the Biosphere.
Life sciences: general issues.
Mathematics and science.
Social impact of environmental issues.
The environment.
SCIENCE -- Environmental Science.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on. (OCoLC)fst00962843
Human ecology. (OCoLC)fst00962941
Human evolution. (OCoLC)fst00963030
Nature -- Effect of human beings on. (OCoLC)fst01034564
Indexed Term Australian
Genre/Form Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Boyden, Stephen. Bionarrative : The story of life and hope for the future. Canberra : ANU Press, 2016 9781760460501
ISBN 9781760460518 (electronic bk.)
1760460516 (electronic bk.)
9781760460618 (ebook)
Standard No. 10.22459/B.08.2016 doi
AU@ 000057597900
GBVCP 1008666939

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