The Metacognition of the Western Scrub Jay

Any honorable ethics for the anthropocene must transform our valuation of animals from utility to the respect conscious beings deserve. To that end, I love learning of examples of animal intelligence such as the meta-cognition of Western Scrub Jays: “Western scrub jays, corvids native to western North America, are a favorite of cognitive scientists becauseContinue reading “The Metacognition of the Western Scrub Jay”

Ethics for the Anthropocene: Plastic on Ice

Earlier in the year, I had been hoping to write a series of essays exploring what ethics might look like now that we’re becoming aware that our impact on the earth has led to a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene (a contested term, but one whose general outlines I believe in wholeheartedly). That has not materialized dueContinue reading “Ethics for the Anthropocene: Plastic on Ice”