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Subject: Re: New Book: Essays on Ecological Spirituality
From: Dr P Almada Villela <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 19 Dec 1996 10:19:53 +0000

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I appreciate your enthusiasm on this subject. However, is it really
necessary to keep on posting the same message so many times? I have
received the same message about 8 times.

Merry Christmas!


In message <[log in to unmask]>, David Doyle
<[log in to unmask]> writes
>New Book:  Essays on Ecological Spirituality
>Dear Colleagues:
>I have recently published a book entitled "Deeper Ecology: Essays on
>Ecological Spirituality," which outlines and discusses a protocol for the
>preservation and restoration of global ecology, wildlife populations, and
>ecosystems based on the degradation due to human exploitation.  This book
>also delves into the "connectedness" aspect of humans to the natural world,
>with my own personal reflections on our role in the scheme of the finer
>workings of the world's flora and fauna.  The Journal of Mammalogy and
>The Canadian Field Naturalist, as well as a dozen other publications, are
>planning to review this book in the near future.  I invite you to read
>from the text; at the following website:
>     Ordering instructions for the book are shown there as well.  Special
>Notice: The cost of this text has been reduced to only $6.95 per copy!
>Also, additional text from the book has been added to the site as of 12/4/96.
>     Here is a sample of text from the website (If you cannot access this
>please e-mail me for the information):
>     "The universe is in a constant state of entropy; that is, all matter is
>trying to
>break into a simpler form, and life strives to alter this course by building
>creating an environment of sustainable use. As someone once told me: Going
>against nature is a part of nature too. I think that this is why I prefer
>living, because it is quite frankly an easier mode of existence, in such a
>of molecular diffusion. For this thought I introduce, finally, my concept of
>Deeper Ecology, which to my thinking is a synthesis of what the Native
>American Indians and Buddhists and Taoists were trying to accomplish. With
>these three disciplines I shed a light of science and biology into the grand
>scheme of cosmic, inter-related metaphysics which seem to dominate the Homo
>sapien struggle to at once master the planet and attain a sense of humility
>through the process. Deeper Ecology is a realization that we are composed
>of the same elements that exist in nature, and thus we are no more important
>than all living and non-living material around us. Some suggest that I am
>giving up the cause of environmental restoration, and perhaps denying my
>species of it's grandeur (Which for some odd reason individuals insist on
>promoting). All I am trying to do is propose a level of consciousness which
>surpasses most modern belief systems, and which I believe can lead to a
>and more fulfilling span of life on Spaceship Earth, before each and every
>of our physical bodies returns to the soil. To me this is reality in it's
>truest form.
>This is the skeleton of every argument posed by every critical thinker that
>ever been, and that will set foot upon this realm. Humans have only been on
>the biosphere for a fraction of it's entirety, and we must keep this in mind
>when trying to establish notions of mastery and dominance over an entity
>which gave birth to us to begin with and will persist long after we have
>wasted much valuable time, attempting to reverse it s inherent processes
>of homeostasis."
>     Thank you very much,
>     David Doyle
>     Wildlife Ecologist
>     [log in to unmask]
>P.S.  My apologies for any cross-postings and/or duplications of this

Dr Patricia Almada-Villela
Consultant in Conservation and Aquatic Biology
Co-Chair, IUCN SSC
Coral Reef Fish Specialist Group
60 Newington, Willingham
Cambridge, CB4 5JE, UK
Tel: (+44 01954) 260520; Fax: (+44 01954) 202291
email: [log in to unmask]

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