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University of Toronto St. George
School of Environment
Mairi Mac Donald

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Prof. MacDonald ENV222H1S Aliens in nature key: the notion of alienation technical term in psychology and sociology: the notion of separation in psych it explains deviant behaviour not being bound by ethical bonds able to dominate the environment bc they do not have those same kinds of ethical connections wit environment defined as that which lies outside the self for the individual human being environment is everything else outside the body (what lies outside) there are other forms of alienation (men to women, etc) Todays thesis: the notion of power as the notion of separation the two revolutions nomadic revolution: for the 1st time began to stay in one place and use agriculture 2nd revolution: everything else since the industrial revolution the argument is that in the 1st revolution they were not alienated from nature, but from each other. They lived with no need to dominate warning note: the notion of an idealized past. There was no racism, class domination or environmental problems. the caution: life expectancy was short; a brutal existence there is not a lot of information of that time. We have data but it is incomplete vs. the type of data we have today we all have a tendency to romanticize the past: the notion that everything was perfect and we did something to fall from grace one of the symptoms of psychological anomaly: the present is so dire that we can only live in our minds, in the past of value for prof: the notion that power, in terms of human relationships, did not always exist idea (treat wskepticism) that human power did not exist, its not innate in humans. the kind of power we are seeing today (the power of class: which allows a group to control society for their own benefits) came into existence - it is a cause bc it is something new Defining the concept of power we must talk about anthropocentrism as an idea with causal force human power is something which exists and exerts causal force. It is distinct from the notion of an idea power in the non-human world: inanimate vs animate inanimate
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