Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness

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Michael Charles Tobias, PhD (Author)
Jane Gray Morrison (Author) – Ecologist, Filmmaker

Series: Conservation Biology and Biodiversity
BISAC: NAT011000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/TQZH6902

This elegant treatise examines the nature of kindness through the fascinating lenses and contexts of ancient, medieval and contemporary philosophy, natural history, theories of mind, of natural selection, eco-psychology and sociobiology. It challenges the reader to consider the myriad potential consequences of human behavior, examining various iconographic moments from the history of art and science as a precursor to the concept and vital potentials for ecological conversion.

Focusing on the fundamental mechanisms of reciprocity among humans, other species, communities and nations, Tobias and Morrison lead readers on a remarkable journey whose itinerary, and the provocative questions explored, seek to affirm a pattern in evolution and in human thought that is emphatically oriented towards benevolence, not tyranny.

Prosociality in all species – making others happy, kind gestures at any and every juncture of life – has, as a discipline of enquiry, enjoyed a social scientific renaissance during the last decade. Can natural selection move rapidly enough to meet that ultimate challenge? Can our species re-evolve in real time, moving from the ideas, to the ideals, to their applied engineering in a real world that is ecologically hemorrhaging? Which all the critical moral and cognitive changes in social communion such new human nature, as the Authors suggest, clearly requires?

This groundbreaking work of ecological philosophy, with its roots in ancient Greek thought, represents a radical break with nearly every traditional scientific paradigm, in exploring the intuitive geography and dramatic questions of ourselves – each and every one of us – that will prove crucial to the survival of our species, and all those we co-habit this miraculous planet with.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. A Basis for Physiolatry

Chapter 2. Options for Natural Selection

Chapter 3. Prosociality

Chapter 4. The Proportion of Handshakes

Chapter 5. Violence and Utopia

Chapter 6. The Puffendorf Hypothesis

Chapter 7. The Rudimentary Ethics of Parmenides

Chapter 8. Being-in-the-Worldness: das-in-der-Welt-sein

Chapter 9. The Metaphysics of the ‘Peaceable Kingdom’

Chapter 10. Equations of Potentiality

Chapter 11. Indigenous Critical Mass: Neural and Biocultural

Chapter 12. Dependent Transitional States

Chapter 13. Albrecht Dürer and the Nature of Ecological Conversion

Chapter 14. The Dialectics of Epiphany

Chapter 15. Re-Negotiating the Labyrinth

Chapter 16. Ten-Crossing Knots

Chapter 17. Semiotic Holons

Chapter 18. Future Symbols

Chapter 19. A New Natural Positivism

Chapter 20. Non-Asymptotic Boundary Solutions

Chapter 21. Parasparopagraho Jīvānām

Chapter 22. The Fourth Order Simile

Chapter 23. Biological Scaling for a New Nature

Chapter 24. Reciprocity Paradoxes

Chapter 25. Theories of Pairing in a World of Differences

Chapter 26. The Procaccini Effect

Chapter 27. Bereitschaftspotential

Chapter 28. Zoosemiotic Translations

Chapter 29. Conscious Speciation

Chapter 30. Coda

About the Authors/Translator

Index


Book Review

“This elegant treatise examines the nature of kindness through the fascinating lenses and contexts of ancient, medieval and contemporary philosophy, natural history, theories of mind, of natural selection, eco-psychology and sociobiology. It challenges the reader to consider the myriad potential consequences of human behavior, examining various iconographic moments from the history of art and science as a precursor to the concept and vital potentials for ecological conversion.” READ MORE>>> Michael Pastore, Editorial Director, BookLovers Review, August 2021

Ecological Reciprocity is a profound reminder of the fragile life support systems we receive from every ecosystem in this anthropogenic epoch of the planet. In their lifetime epic journey of ecological protection of nature, the Authors wonderfully portray their unparalleled creative conscience and emotional intelligence.” – Ugyen Tshewang, PhD, Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture, former Governor of Trashiyangtse and Secretary of the National Environment Commission

“Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison are well known around the world as outstanding scientists, researchers and educators in the field of ecology and environmental protection. They are not only theorists and authors of many books, articles and films on ecology, but also the founders of the Dancing Star International Ecological Foundation, whose main goal is to preserve biological diversity and develop ecological education around the world. The next new book by M. Tobias and J. Morrison, Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness, is precisely aimed at solving just such problems. It is a logical continuation of the enormous research and educational activity to which the authors of the book have devoted their entire life. It is quite obvious that most people live, as a rule, “for today” and think, as a rule, “for short distances.” And only a small percentage of the world’s population is able to think in global categories. But even fewer are those who correlate their interests with the general tasks of social development. It is not surprising, therefore, that practically all over the world people have a poor idea of the real state of affairs with their environment, and, as a result, do not pay due attention to it. As a result, it is difficult to convey the humanistic ideas of ecological and nature protection content to the wide public consciousness. However, this must be done by all available means. At the same time, among the many publications on ecology, there are not so many books that can capture the attention of a wide audience regardless of countries and continents. The book, Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness, which is written in an interesting and exciting way, is just such a generous gift to all of us, which makes a valuable contribution to the cause of universal environmental education and enlightenment.” – Alexander N. Chumakov, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of the Faculty of Global Processes of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, First Vice-President of the Russian Philosophical Society, Full member of the Russian Ecological Academy, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Age of Globalization

“This is a very important book and should be read by everyone. Humans have gotten out of balance with the Natural World, and we see this lack of balance reflected everywhere in our efforts to destroy Nature. But as Tobias and Morrison elegantly point out, Nature works best through harmony, kindness, and reciprocity. We need to learn this lesson before it becomes too late for us to avoid our own destruction.” –  Con Slobodchikoff, PhD, Author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals

“Of the books I’ve read by Michael Tobias and Jane Morrison, all of which are as rich in detail as they are broad in scope, Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness may be the most touching and rewarding.  I say that because  A Treatise on Kindness is like a Boléro of empathy — one contiguous crescendo of cognitive, emotional and compassionate empathy — from beginning to end, swirling the reader through time and space, emotion and reason — to join the authors in their forgone conclusion, that “the whole biological world functions in one symphonic unison,” and “that we, like every other organism, have a noble calling that is, generally speaking, in tune with all others.”  Who could argue with that?  Who wouldn’t feel touched?  I certainly was.” –   David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Author, Curator

“With their ever present protean energy and optimism, even in the face of our dire planetary situation, Tobias and Morrison convincingly show that kindness has always been possible for humanity. Today we need this idea more than ever, and they teach us its beautiful history.” – David Rothenberg, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music,  New Jersey Institute of Technology, Author of Nightingales in Berlin and Survival of the Beautiful

 

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