The Ebola virus has killed over 5000 people in a small part of West Africa and now needs the maximum response from local and international health care organisations to slow the transmission rate and save lives. Recently there has been some discussion on how Ebola was transmitted to humans with speculation that the trade in venison or game … Continue reading One man’s Ebola is another man’s Swine Flu. ‘Bushmeat’ vs Venison.
In L.P. Hartley’s novel The Go-Between he writes, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” In dealing with conservation and sustainable development I frequently encounter the opposite – the past echoes through to the present continuously and a consideration of history is essential for understanding the present. The problem with sustainable … Continue reading In Africa, the Past is Not a Foreign Country
Our lives are based on myths. We all have personal myths that we live by and which define who we are. They make us secure in the knowledge that we are living a good life. Adhering to the myths that are more widely shared in society help us gain the approval of our peers and have a strong role in binding … Continue reading The Myth of African Wilderness
There are few places, even in the Wild West that is the internet, that you can get away with calling for summary execution of other human beings and not attract some censure. When you start describing the parts of their body you would like to cut off and the nature of the slow death which you … Continue reading Kill the Poachers: Death, Drones and Dickheads
Epistemology – now there’s a word you don’t encounter in every day conversation! It simply means a set of beliefs about the world which inform our perception of reality. In a formal sense it’s the study of knowledge – the study of epistemology investigates the origin, nature, methods and limits of human knowledge. So what … Continue reading Towards an African Epistemology of Nature