Coming Home to the Pleistocene by Paul Shepard

By Paul Shepard

"When we clutch absolutely that the simplest expressions of our humanity weren't invented via civilization yet by way of cultures that preceded it, that the wildlife is not just a suite of constraints yet of contexts in which we will extra totally notice our goals, we'll be so one can an extended past due reconciliation among opposites that are of our personal making." --from Coming domestic to the PleistocenePaul Shepard was once some of the most profound and unique thinkers of our time. Seminal works just like the gentle Carnivore and the Sacred online game, pondering Animals, and Nature and insanity brought readers to new and provocative principles approximately humanity and its dating to the wildlife. all through his lengthy and wonderful profession, Paul Shepard back many times to his guiding subject matter, the valuable guiding principle of his notion: that our crucial human nature is a manufactured from our genetic history, shaped via hundreds of thousands of years of evolution throughout the Pleistocene epoch, and that the present subversion of that Pleistocene background lies on the center of ultra-modern ecological and social ills.Coming domestic to the Pleistocene offers the fullest rationalization of that subject. accomplished previous to his demise in the summertime of 1996, it represents the fruits of Paul Shepard's lifestyles paintings and constitutes the clearest, such a lot obtainable expression of his rules. Coming domestic to the Pleistocene pulls jointly the threads of his imaginative and prescient, considers new study and pondering that expands his personal rules, and integrates fabric inside a brand new matrix of medical idea that either enriches his unique insights and permits them to be thought of in a broader context of present highbrow controversies. additionally, the ebook explicitly addresses the basic query raised via Paul Shepard's paintings: What will we do to recreate a existence extra in song with our genetic roots? during this e-book, Paul Shepard provides concrete feedback for fostering the categories of ecological settings and cultural practices which are optimum for human health and wellbeing and well-being.Coming domestic to the Pleistocene is a worthy publication for these conversant in the existence and paintings of Paul Shepard, in addition to for brand spanking new readers looking an obtainable advent to and evaluation of his notion.

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340. 9. Peters, “Toward an Ecological Model,” p. 261. 10. Michael R. A. Chance, “Introduction,” in Michael R. A. , Social Fabrics of the Mind (London: Erlbaum, 1985), pp. 3–9. 11. Erik H. Erikson, The Life Cycle Completed (New York: Norton, 1985), p. 31. 12. , Evolution and the Development of Psychology (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985), pp. 115–129. 13. Raymond E. Chaplin, “The Use of Non-Morphological Criteria in the Study of Animal Domestication from Bones Found on Archaeological Sites,” in Peter J.

The source of this genetic material has been passed on to us not only through our parents and generations of humans, but from archaic ancestors: primate, mammalian, reptilian, amphibian, ichthyian, and down to bacterial forebears of life on earth. The specific human part may be imagined as composed of diamondlike genes nestled in clusters of primate pearls, which in turn are 19 20 Coming Home to the Pleistocene distributed among a massive, gemlike heritage of still older ancestral markers. Recent genetic research showing commonalties of our genes with other species substantiates our innermost feelings that we all came from the same source.

Omnivorous Primates, p. 340. 9. Peters, “Toward an Ecological Model,” p. 261. 10. Michael R. A. Chance, “Introduction,” in Michael R. A. , Social Fabrics of the Mind (London: Erlbaum, 1985), pp. 3–9. 11. Erik H. Erikson, The Life Cycle Completed (New York: Norton, 1985), p. 31. 12. , Evolution and the Development of Psychology (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985), pp. 115–129. 13. Raymond E. Chaplin, “The Use of Non-Morphological Criteria in the Study of Animal Domestication from Bones Found on Archaeological Sites,” in Peter J.

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