Elephants on the Edge

What Animals Teach Us about Humanity


Author: G. A. Bradshaw

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300154917

Category: Nature

Page: 353

View: 1189

“At times sad and at times heartwarming . . . Helps us to understand not only elephants, but all animals, including ourselves” (Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation). Drawing on accounts from India to Africa and California to Tennessee, and on research in neuroscience, psychology, and animal behavior, G. A. Bradshaw explores the minds, emotions, and lives of elephants. Wars, starvation, mass culls, poaching, and habitat loss have reduced elephant numbers from more than ten million to a few hundred thousand, leaving orphans bereft of the elders who would normally mentor them. As a consequence, traumatized elephants have become aggressive against people, other animals, and even one another; their behavior is comparable to that of humans who have experienced genocide, other types of violence, and social collapse. By exploring the elephant mind and experience in the wild and in captivity, Bradshaw bears witness to the breakdown of ancient elephant cultures. But, she reminds us, all is not lost. People are working to save elephants by rescuing orphaned infants and rehabilitating adult zoo and circus elephants, using the same principles psychologists apply in treating humans who have survived trauma. Bradshaw urges us to support these and other models of elephant recovery and to solve pressing social and environmental crises affecting all animals—humans included. “This book opens the door into the soul of the elephant. It will really make you think about our relationship with other animals.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

Elephants on the Edge


Author: Charles Hope

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781742034652

Category: Elephants

Page: 24

View: 4326

Amazing photographs accompanied by bite-sized chunks of information! Learn all about the amazing world of elephants, how they are under threat and what is being done to protect them.

Living on the Edge

Amazing Relationships in the Natural World


Author: N.A

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594860553

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 9540

Celebrates the natural world in a study of the complex interrelationships that exist among wildlife in four ecosystems--the Brazilian Pantanal, Arizona's Sonoran Desert, the Costa Rican rainforest, and the East African savannah.

Aid on the Edge of Chaos

Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World


Author: Ben Ramalingam

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191503444

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

View: 7990

Many agree that the foreign aid system - which today involves virtually every nation on earth - needs drastic change. But there is much conflict as to what should be done. In Aid on the Edge of Chaos, Ben Ramalingam argues that what is most needed is the creative and innovative transformation of how aid works. Foreign aid today is dominated by linear, mechanistic ideas that emerged from early twentieth century industry, and are ill-suited to the world we face today. The problems and systems aid agencies deal with on a daily basis have more in common with ecosystems than machines: they are interconnected, diverse, and dynamic; they cannot be just simply re-engineered or fixed. Outside of aid, social scientists, economists, business leaders, and policy makers have started applying innovative and scientific approaches to such problems, informed by ideas from the 'new science' of complex adaptive systems. Inspired by these efforts, aid practitioners and researchers have started experimenting with such approaches in their own work. This book showcases the experiences, insights, and often remarkable results of innovative thinkers and practitioners who are working to bring these approaches into the mainstream of aid. From transforming child malnutrition to rethinking economic growth, from building peace to reversing desertification, from rural Vietnam to urban Kenya, the ideas of complex systems thinking are starting to be used to make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, and more catalytic. Aid on the Edge of Chaos argues that such ideas and approaches should play a vital part of the transformation of aid. Aid should move from being an imperfect post-World War II global resource transfer system, to a new form of global cooperation that is truly fit for the twenty-first century.

A Humanitarian Past

Antiquitys Impact on Present Social Conditions


Author: Adele Änggård

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496993349

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

View: 1487

This book opens a window on our historical past. We find antiquity has drawn a blind over earlier and more humanitarian cultures, writing off their artistic and egalitarian practices – while antiquity’s social habits escalated stress. Psychologists have recently made us aware that stress has very negative results for community life. Simultaneously, archaeologists have uncovered information about Neolithic cultures and art that makes no sense seen beside ancient Greek descriptions. The more we learn about Old Europe, the more staggering and distorted the policies conveyed in ancient Greek myths, dramas, and epic poems become. Surprisingly, the Achaeans also show an intimate knowledge about their predecessor’s social values. Sadly, the Renaissance uncritically fell for the ancient Greek’s version of history, seeing it as the cradle of civilisation and our cultural heritage. They have even passed on these ideas to us today. Discovering A Humanitarian Past pitches us into an exciting and previously unexplored part of the human story.


Animals and the Making of Poetry


Author: Aaron M. Moe

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739186639

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

View: 7604

Zoopoetics exposes the continuity of poiesis across human/animal spheres. It contributes new ways of seeing animals within the poetic tradition and beyond.

Ecocriticism on the Edge

The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept


Author: Timothy Clark

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472506707

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 1536

The twenty-first century has seen an increased awareness of the forms of environmental destruction that cannot immediately be seen, localised or, by some, even acknowledged. Ecocriticism on the Edge explores the possibility of a new mode of critical practice, one fully engaged with the destructive force of the planetary environmental crisis. Timothy Clark argues that, in literary and cultural criticism, the “Anthropocene”, which names the epoch in which human impacts on the planet's ecological systems reach a dangerous limit, also represents a threshold at which modes of interpretation that once seemed sufficient or progressive become, in this new counterintuitive context, inadequate or even latently destructive. The book includes analyses of literary works, including texts by Paule Marshall, Gary Snyder, Ben Okri, Henry Lawson, Lorrie Moore and Raymond Carver.

Life on the Edge


Author: Cherie Winner

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 9780822524991

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 3094

Looks at plants, animals, and microorganisms that live in extreme environments, including animals that live in areas of high heat and insects that live in areas of no light.

The Elephant of My Heart


Author: Jessica Clements

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452585938

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: N.A

View: 6161

The Elephant of My Heart is the story that emerged as Jessica Clements took her first inner journey on the “Personal Totem Pole Process” originated by Stephen Gallegos. Jessica’s life had not been easy, for at nine years old, she had suffered a brain haemorrhage. Yet this was just where her new guide, her elephant, took her to, though in the gentlest and softest of ways. It was here that her elephant, and numerous other animals, taught her that the scars that criss-cross her head can be seen in a different way, for now they are stitched with a black panther’s whisker and held by a dragonfly! “I read this book in an evening and couldn’t put it down as I was taken on a magical journey by the Elephant at Jessica’s Heart.” Stephen Wish, Polar Bear Community “If you like animals and meditate then I highly recommend this book!” Jayne Thorpe

Elephants Under Pressure

A Cause and Effect Investigation


Author: Kathy Allen

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1429645342

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 7620

"Describes the cause and effect of elephant and human encounters"--Provided by publisher.