This book explores the factors and mechanisms that may have influenced the dynamic behaviors of earliest civilizations, focusing on both environmental (geographic) factors on which traditional historic analyses are based and human ...
Author: Rongxing Guo
This book explores the factors and mechanisms that may have influenced the dynamic behaviors of earliest civilizations, focusing on both environmental (geographic) factors on which traditional historic analyses are based and human (behavioral) factors on which anthropological analyses are usually based. It also resurrects a number of common ancestral terms to help readers understand the complicated process of human and cultural evolution around the globe. Specifically, in almost all indigenous languages, the words 'wa' and any variants of it were originally associated with the sound of crying of - and certainly were selected as the common ancestral word with the meanings of "house, home, homeland, motherland, and so on" by - early humans living in different parts of the world. This book provides many neglected but still crucial environmental and biological clues about the rise and fall of civilizations - ones that have largely resulted from mankind's long-lasting "Win-Stay Lose-Shift" games throughout the world. The narratives and findings presented at this book are unexpected but reasonable - and are what every student of anthropology or history needs to know and doesn't get in the usual text.
This statement added the following: Human activities are significantly influencing
Earth's environment in many ways in addition to greenhouse gas ... Earth System
dynamics are characterized by critical thresholds and abrupt changes. Human ...
Author: Ernst M. Conradie
Publisher: Lexington Books
In Secular Discourse on Sin in the Anthropocene: What’s Wrong with the World, Ernst M. Conradie utilizes a notion of social diagnostics to explore not only the surface-level symptoms of ecological destruction, but also its ultimate causes. Conradie uses two toolkits to review secular literature on the Anthropocene, namely the prophetic and pastoral vocabulary of Christian sin-talk and the theological critique against apartheid in South Africa. Various layers of the underlying problem are uncovered on this bases, including unsustainable “habits of the heart,” structural violence, the ideologies of unlimited economic growth and humanism, quasi-soteriologies such as climate engineering, idolatries such as self-divinization, and heresy. Conradie offers authentic discourse on the Anthropocene from the perspective of the global South, and includes a theological postscript to posit tentative suggestions as to what God may have in store for humanity in this time. Scholars of theology, environmental studies, and history will find this book particularly useful.
This book presents the complete story of the inseparably intertwined evolution of life and matter on earth, focussing on four major topics.
Author: Dahlem Konferenzen
Publisher: MIT Press
This book presents the complete story of the inseparably intertwined evolution of life and matter on earth, focussing on four major topics. It analyzes the driving forces behind global change and uses this knowledge to propose principles for global stewardship.
The book's future scenarios show how closely linked human societies and the
Earth System are. ... the past Several ten to hundred millennia, and to determine
how human and biophysical changes have contributed to Earth System dynamics
A study of global change (IGBP).
The understanding of the natural dynamics of the Earth System has advanced
greatly in recent years and provides a sound basis ... Human activities are
significantly influencing Earth's environment in many ways in addition to
greenhouse gas ...
Author: John Gribbin
Visionary, inventor, radical, free thinker and soon-to-be space traveller, Jim Lovelock is an iconic figure in British science, and a prophet whose prophecies are now coming true. This is his definitive, authorized biography. Lovelock is best known as the 'father' of Gaia theory, the idea of our planet as a self-regulating organism, which is now established as the most useful way of understanding the dramatic changes happening to the environment of the Earth. But few people know about his early work as a chemist and inventor - work which included inventing the detectors used to search for life on Mars, and blowing the whistle on the depletion of the ozone layer. In his personal life, he was a Quaker and conscientious objector in the Second World War (later changing his mind in view of the evils of Nazism), supported his family for a time by selling his own blood, and gave up a salary and security to become an independent scientist based in an English village - from which all his best-known work emerged. As Lovelock approaches his ninetieth birthday, looking forward to flying into the stratosphere in a rocket, this book truly reveals an independent, original and inspiring life.