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The Others, P - Paul Shepard

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Paul Shepard has been one of the most brilliant and original thinkers in the field of human evolution and ecology for more than forty years. His thought-provoking ideas on the role of animals in human thought, dreams, personal identity, and other psychological and religious contexts have been presented in a series of seminal writings, including "Thinking Animals," "The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game," and now "The Others," his most eloquent book to date."The Others" is a fascinating and wide-ranging examination of how diverse cultures have thought about, reacted to, and interacted with animals. Shepard argues that humans evolved watching other animal species, participating in their world, suffering them as parasites, wearing their feathers and skins, and making tools of their bones and antlers. For millennia, we have communicated their significance by dancing, sculpting, performing, imaging, narrating, and thinking them. The human species cannot be fully itself without these others.Shepard considers animals as others in a world where otherness of all kinds is in danger, and in which otherness is essential to the discovery of the true self. We must understand what to make of our encounters with animals, because as we prosper they vanish, and ultimately our prosperity may amount to nothing without them.

Introduction: The Encounterp. 3
The Animal Fare
The Ecological Doorway to Symbolic Thoughtp. 15
The Swallowp. 28
Cognition
The Skills of Cognition: Pigeonholes, Dinosaurs, and Hobbyhorsesp. 43
Savanna Dreaming: The Fox at the Fringe of the Fieldp. 58
Identity
The Self as Menageriep. 71
Aping the Othersp. 81
The Ecology of Narrationp. 90
Membershipp. 99
Change
The Masters of Transformationp. 117
Heads, Faces, and Masksp. 127
The Pet Worldp. 140
The Gift of Musicp. 153
Ontogeny Revisited: Teddy, Pooh, Paddington, Yogi, and Smokeyp. 167
The Cosmos
The Meaning of Dragons and Why the Gods Ride on Animalsp. 175
Augury and Hologramsp. 195
Bovine Epiphanies: Fecundity and Powerp. 205
Lying Down with Lambs and Lions in the Christian Zoop. 222
Hounding Nature: The Nightmares of Domesticationp. 243
Counterplayers
The Miss Muffet Syndrome: Fearing Animalsp. 271
Cuckoo Clocks and Bluebirds of Happiness: Animals as Machinesp. 278
The Great Interspecies Confusionp. 284
Final Animals and Economic Imperativesp. 291
Rights and Kindness: A Can of Wormsp. 304
The Many and the Fuzzy: Plurality and Ambiguityp. 321
Notesp. 335
Acknowledgmentsp. 357
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9781559634342
ISBN-10: 1559634340
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: March 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition