Have you ever seen a gull drumming its feet up and down on the grass, a hive of honeybees perform their peculiar ‘waggle dance’ or two squirrels flicking their tails at one another as if in conversation, and wondered why?
One of the most important philosophies underpinning ecology and conservation is ‘biophilia’, which broadly describes the innate connection humans have with other organisms. It’s an idea that’s been touched upon many times independently to varying degrees by different philosophers and groups, but really found its most distilled and defensible form with E. O. Wilson’s book … Continue reading Ecological Philosophy: Biophilia
They march along the dense tangle of vines and branches of tropical jungle, across the undergrowth of the world’s boreal forests, over the scorching crests of sand dunes, and even on the hot tarmac of our city streets. Ants are to be found almost everywhere we care to look.