Goats, like cats, are closer to nature than most domesticated animals, both species going feral more easily than domesticated dogs, which are rarely able to acclimate to life in the wild.
Reconsidering the complex relationship between humans and the wider animal kingdom.
Mary Midgley’s writing was profound but rarely technical; she trained her sights on general problems.
We need to learn to see animals for what, and maybe who, they really are.
Could it be possible that without anthropomorphism, we’re liable to miss the animal anyway?
A turn to animals for emotional support is hardly surprising, even if it is not ideal.
If we succeed in growing meat, we will do more than change human subsistence strategies forever.
Only the human species is capable of grasping, analyzing, and interpreting signs as symbols.
Empirical verifiability is great when you can get it. But the worry here is what might happen to our self-understanding as human beings if we become willing to trade in an understanding of a rich and meaning-laden feature of our nature for, well, something we can share with a rat.
What does dominion “over every living thing that moves on the earth” mean? Brute sovereignty and ruthless exploitation? Or thoughtful stewardship and responsible cultivation?
Mother Nature sees you not as a soul shimmering with intelligence but as one solution to the problem of metabolism.
It doesn’t feel like a coincidence that meat consumption has risen as fewer Americans participate in or even think about the slaughter that allows it.
The pulsating song of billions of seventeen-year cicadas.
Even defenders of the idea today such as Bruno Latour admit that Gaia in the original Greek context is “a figure of violence."
The genealogical approach has found surprising success in an unlikely genre.