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Unformatted text preview: Where does nature come from #1 Strum 4/13/11 1 Shirley Strum Office hours: MWF 11:30-12:30 and by appointment (297 SSB) CONSERVATION ACTION BIOLOGY FACTS SOCIAL FACTS CULTURAL FACTS ECONOMICS RHETORIC PHILOSOPHY BIO SYSTEMS BIOTECH & MANAGEMENT HISTORY VALUES PERCEPTIONS LOCAL GLOBAL WEST → LDC LDC → WEST WEST → WEST G-8 Æ REST Conservation Decision Making The logic of these 4 lectures Step 1: how humans see the world CONCEPTS of Nature Step 2: what humans care about VALUES placed on Nature Step 3: how to convince others ARGUMENTS; RIGHTS; ETHICS of Conservation To “Situate”: •To locate •To put in a certain position •To place in context Jonah= NEW view of C(c)onservation Æ historical overview Shirley=explore each step in the process Æ deep evolutionary time Æ cultural/cross cultural perspective Æ local and global values and ethics Primate Umwelt : how we “see” the world: 1. hands and the environment Æ bring the world to us/ and take it apart 60 million years 6 mya Humans share 50% of genome with bananas ; 60% with chickens 97.4% with orangs ; 98.6% with chimps ; 1-4% of Neandertals in us Where does nature come from #1 Strum 4/13/11 2 2. Primate Umwelt: being social Survival depends on being in a group SOCIAL BEHAVIOR SOCIAL BRAIN SOCIAL EMOTIONS PREDATOR DEFENSE RESOURCES: RHP Passing information Using a female as an “agonistic buffer” Social politics and friendships: baboon collaboration Infant (friends) are also “buffers” • Monitoring • Enforcement • punishment Capuchin Monkeys Sense of Fairness Would you settle for a piece of cucumber when your neighbor got a grape? Capuchins won’t Social emotions key to humans Some have nh primate parallels (origins) 3.Primate foraging: subsistence strategies and the environment •Primate socio-ecology: ecology mating systems society (from mated pair to harems/herds) •Species constraints: generalists/ spets; water limited; sleeping sites; no protection from elements; no home base •Cravings: salt, sugar, fat (no obese primates in the wild) What is “uniquely” human: connection or means?...
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