The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game

In what may be his boldest and most controversial book, Paul Shepard presents an account of human behavior and ecology in light of our past In it, he contends that agriculture is responsible for our ecological decline and looks to the hunting and gathering lifestyle as a model closely in tune with our essential nature Shepard advocates affirming the profound and beaIn what may be his boldest and most controversial book, Paul Shepard presents an account of human behavior and ecology in light of our past In it, he contends that agriculture is responsible for our ecological decline and looks to the hunting and gathering lifestyle as a model closely in tune with our essential nature Shepard advocates affirming the profound and beautiful nature of the hunter and gatherer, redefining agriculture and combining technology with hunting and gathering to recover a livable environment and peaceful society.
The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game In what may be his boldest and most controversial book Paul Shepard presents an account of human behavior and ecology in light of our past In it he contends that agriculture is responsible for our e

  • Title: The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game
  • Author: Paul Shepard George Sessions
  • ISBN: 9780820319810
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Paul Shepard was an animal with a PhD who made the astonishing discovery that he really was an animal, and so was everyone else. This sort of thinking makes us sweaty and nervous, because we prefer to believe that we are the creator’s masterpiece — not the cousins of disgusting baboons and orangutans. It’s insulting to call someone’s kid a cute animal.Two-legged primates evolved as hunters and gatherers in healthy wild habitats, living in groups of a dozen or so. These highly intelligent [...]

    2. Shepard here presents an analysis of humanity's relationship to the other great apes, both in terms of origins, development and differentiation. Shepard certainly believes humanity's trajectory since the neolithic period is one that has put undo stress on human individuals and societies, as well as on the ecology as a whole. While this may seem like a no-brainer, Shepard focuses on the effect of domestication on previously wild organism, and the evolutionary consequences: traits beneficial for a [...]

    3. Paul Shepard constructed and reified so many partitioned thoughts that I have picked up in anthropology and human science/geography courses. I was impressed with his ability to incorporate Winnocott's psychological studies of the transitional object, as I have recently begun exploring the connections between psychoanalysis and evolutionary anthropology. I was surprised to find that material here. Shepard demonstrates agency in a wide set of camps. I especially appreciated his analysis of the era [...]

    4. An important book. Bold is an apt description. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the long-term thinking on human ecology. Its ideas are sometimes controversial, but grounded in a clear analysis if human and natural history.

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