Caring for nature: from fact to value, from respect to reverence
Despite the classical prohibition of moving from fact to value, encounter with the biodiversity and plenitude of being in evolutionary natural history moves us to respect life, even to reverence it. Darwinian accounts are value-laden and necessary for understanding life at the same time that Darwinian theory fails to provide sufficient cause for the historically developing diversity and increasing complexity on Earth. Earth is a providing ground; matter and energy on Earth support life, but distinctive to life is information coded in the genetic molecules that superintends this matter-energy. ...
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Author(s):Smeesters, Pascale; Van,Bau DangDate Issued:2016-09-06Format:born digital; digital moving image formatsRolston interview by Pascale Smeesters and Bau Dang Van on September 6, 2016, at Rolston's home. What is "nature"? Nature compared with culture. Does true "wilderness" exist? Humans respect a wonderland planet. Value in ...
Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-Date Issued:2014Format:born digital; articlesDoes a plausible worldview need some explanations that exceed the natural? Hard naturalisms insist not, but softer, or more open naturalisms find that natural processes can produce ever more complex results - moving from ...
Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-Date Issued:2017Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)We are now entering the Anthropocene Epoch - so runs a recent enthusiastic claim. Humans can and ought to go beyond the natural and powerfully engineer a better planet, managing for climate change, building new ecosystems ...