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Speciesism in Biology and Culture How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries

By: Brian Swartz(Editor), Brent D Mishler(Editor)
203 pages, 21 colour & 8 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
Speciesism in Biology and Culture
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  • Speciesism in Biology and Culture ISBN: 9783030990299 Hardback Dec 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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This book explores a wide-ranging discussion about the sociopolitical, cultural, and scientific ramifications of speciesism and the world views that derive from it. In this light, it integrates subjects across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The 21st-century western world is anthropocentric to an extreme; we adopt unreasonably self-centred and self-serving ideas and lifestyles. Americans consume more energy resources per person than most other nations on Earth and have little concept of how human ecology and population biology interface with global sustainability. We draw upon religion, popular culture, politics, and technology to justify our views and actions, yet remain self-centred because our considerations rarely extend beyond our immediate interests. Stepping upward on the hierarchy from "racism", "speciesism" likewise refers to the view that unique natural kinds (species) exist and are an important structural element of biodiversity. This ideology manifests in the cultural idea that humans are distinct from and intrinsically superior to other forms of life. It further carries a plurality of implications for how we perceive ourselves in relation to nature, how we view Judeo-Christian religions and their tenets, how we respond to scientific data about social problems such as climate change, and how willing we are to change our actions in the face of evidence.

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Brian Swartz is a scientist at the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere and the University and Jepson Herbaria. His research focuses on speciesism and the global consequences of human self-interests. This includes fostering positive social and environmental outcomes that support a prosperous future for life on Earth. To this end, he also works with entrepreneurs and investors in artificial intelligence, machine learning, extended reality, quantum computing, blockchain technology, DeFi, web3, and game design who hold a similar vision for the future. Brian was trained at Cambridge, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Penn, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Brent D. Mishler is Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches about island biology, biodiversity, evolution, and phylogenetic analysis. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1984. His research interests are in the ecology and evolutionary biology of bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), as well as the theory of phylogenetic systematics. He has been heavily involved in developing electronic resources to present taxonomic and distributional information about plants to the public, with applications to conservation concerns. He has most recently been involved in developing new "spatial phylogenetic" tools for studying biodiversity and endemism using large-scale phylogenies and collection data in a geographic and statistical framework.

By: Brian Swartz(Editor), Brent D Mishler(Editor)
203 pages, 21 colour & 8 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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