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Sample “Alternative” Thoughtprint


Sample “Modern” Thoughtprint


• mechanism, that Nature operates like a machine composed of distinct operating parts;


• empiricism, that true knowledge is based solely in observation;


• dualism, that humans are separate from Nature (and separate from “animals”);


• anthropocentrism/speciesism, that humans are the most important and advanced living creatures;


• instrumental rationality, that Nature’s sole purpose is to be utilized.


These ways of thinking—cultural shadows I had rarely


questioned until now—formed a major part of my ecological thoughtprint.2 A broad scan of the past 400 years reveals the impor- tance of our reliance on these same ways of thinking.3


Ways


of thinking like dualism have empowered modern industrial societies to assume apparent control over the elements of Nature for their benefit. As a result, portions of the human population have been lifted out of subsistence and away from the sources of disease (albeit inequitably). Our trust in the brilliant achievements of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise


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