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Description - Coming Home to the Pleistocene by Paul Shepard

Paul Shepard was one of the most profound and original thinkers of our time. Seminal works like The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game, Thinking Animals, and Nature and Madness introduced readers to new and provocative ideas about humanity and its relationship to the natural world. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Shepard returned repeatedly to his guiding theme, the central tenet of his thought: that our essential human nature is a product of our genetic heritage, formed through thousands of years of evolution during the Pleistocene epoch, and that the current subversion of that Pleistocene heritage lies at the heart of today's ecological and social ills. Coming Home to the Pleistocene provides the fullest explanation of that theme. The book explicitly addresses the fundamental question raised by Shepard's work: What can we do to re-create a life more in tune with our genetic roots? In this book, Shepard presents concrete suggestions for fostering the kinds of ecological settings and cultural practices that are optimal for human health and well-being.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559635899
ISBN-10: 1559635894
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 206
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul Shepard

Until his death in 1996, Paul Shepard was Avery Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology at Pitzer College and the Claremont Graduate School. Among his books are "The Others" (Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1995) and "Traces of an Omnivore" (Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1996). Florence R. Shepard is professor emerita of educational studies at the University of Utah, an essayist, and author of "Ecotone" (SUNY, 1994).

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