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"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it" - Robert Heinlein
As one of reportedly fewer than 10 people ever to be invited to study for a PhD at Cambridge without a prior undergraduate degree, Jane Goodall was promptly told by "experts" there that all her field work on chimpanzee behaviour was wrong, and that she should not anthropomorphise them with names, still less assign them thoughts, personalities and emotions.
Today, we know that she was right and they were wrong.
According to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions:
The Royal Society of Arts gathered a high-profile panel of speakers to explore the hidden agendas behind our values and attitudes toward the place of ‘the human’ in today’s societies, and debate what must now be a key issue for the 21st century.
"Wings are for flying, not frying" ...nice quote, nice sentiment. Animal-friendly consumerism could be a major future trend. Until nine years ago I too gorged myself on turkey every Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27th...and my mouth watered long after at the remembered taste of turkey soup on the 28th or 29th, a meal which constituted one of the culinary highlights of my year.
George Monbiot recently argued passionately and convincingly for "rewilding" our natural environment. Drawing upon new scientific discoveries, he laid out a new, positive environmentalism, in which nature is allowed to find its own way. By restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can repair the living planet, create ecosystems as profuse and captivating as any around the world, and bring wonder back into our lives.
To put all living things that aren't human into one category is, first of all, a stupid gesture - theoretically ridiculous - and partakes in the very real violence that humans exercise towards animals - Jacques Derrida http://exp.lore.com/post/27403510722/to-put-all-living-things-that-aren…
Calling for a re-evaluation of what we label fascism, a recent book argued that, by using the word as a synonym for anything that is undesirable, we are blinded to the examples around us of real fascism from both Left and Right wing governments.
The estimated value of the market for wildlife tracking is at least €10bn, making it one of the largest illegal trades in the world.
Many people would probably claim to be outraged by this, but where does one draw the line? If you are against wildlife hunting, should you also be against animal experimentation, or eating meat?
A small but growing minority of people is choosing to become vegetarian or vegan.
Some organisations also campaign against not just against meat, but also against all human uses of animal products.
Has eating fish, in a world of overfished stocks, become one of the moral dilemmas of our age?