Bitter Shade: The Ecological Challenge of Human Consciousness

February 1, 2021|
Bitter Shade: The Ecological Challenge of Human Consciousness

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A seminal anthropological work on the paradoxical relationship between human consciousness and the environment

This book asks an age-old question about the relationship between human consciousness and the environment: How do we think about our own thoughts and actions? How can we transcend the exigencies of daily life? How can we achieve sufficient distance from our own everyday realities to think and act more sustainably?

To address these questions, Michael R. Dove draws on the results of decades of research in South and Southeast Asia on how local cultures have circumvented the “curse of consciousness”—the paradox that we cannot completely comprehend the ecosystem of which we are part. He distills from his ethnographic, ecological, and historical research three principles: perspectivism (seeing oneself from outside oneself), metamorphosis (becoming something that one is not), and mimesis (copying something that one is not), which help a society to transcend the hubris and myopia of everyday existence and achieve greater insight into its ecosystem.

Title:Bitter Shade: The Ecological Challenge of Human Consciousness
Format:Kobo ebook
Published:February 1, 2021
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300258073

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