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The Future of Post-Human Geography: A Preface to a New Theory of Environments and Their Interactions
CISP - Cambridge International Science Publishing, January 2012, Pages: 590
Is geography really so contingent on social and cultural factors that its understanding cannot be "objective" and "detached," as some contemporary approaches like "feminist geography, new cultural geography, and the engagement with postmodern and poststructural theories and philosophies" would like us to believe? (WK 2011)
The radical view in these contemporary approaches to geography can be contrasted with an opposing view in the 19th century known as "environmental determinism," which refers to the argument that "aspects of physical geography, particularly climate, influenced the psychological mind-set of individuals, which in turn defined the behavior and culture of the society that those individuals formed." (WK 2011a)
Contrary to these opposing views (and other ones as will be discussed in the book), geography (in relation to both environments and their interactions) is neither possible nor desirable to the extent that the respective ideologues (on different sides) would like us to believe.
Of course, this challenge to these opposing views about geography does not imply that geography is a hopeless field of much sound and fury, or that those fields of study (related to geography) like geology, ecology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and so on should be dismissed too. Of course, neither of these extreme views is reasonable.
On the contrary, this book provides an alternative (better) way to understand the future of geography, especially in the dialectic context of environments and their interactions-while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them (nor integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible with each other). In other words, this book offers a new theory (that is, the interventive-reshaping theory of geography)
If successful, this seminal project is to fundamentally change the way that we think about geography, from the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, with enormous implications for the human future and what I originally called its "post-human" fate.
Part One: Introduction
Chapter One. Introduction-The Impact of Geography
Part Two: Environments
Chapter Two. Environments and their Uncertainty
Part Three: Interactions
Chapter Three. Interactions and their Complexity
Part Four: Conclusion
Chapter Four. Conclusion-The Future of Geography Beyond Environments and their Interactions Bibliography
Dr. Peter Baofu is the author of 53 new theories in 45 books (as of June, 2011) to provide a visionary challenge to conventional wisdom in all fields of knowledge ranging from the social sciences through the formal sciences and the natural sciences to the humanities, with the final aim for a unified theory of everything.
As a polymath, he is known for his pioneering works on "reshaping geography," "complex data analysis," "creational chemistry," "comparative-impartial literature," "supersession computing," "detached gambling," "multilateral acoustics," "metamorphic humor," "heterodox education," "post-human mind games," "post-Earth geology," "substitutive religion," "post-cosmology," "contrarian personality," "post-ethics," "multifaceted war and peace," "post-humanity," "critical-dialectic formal science," "combinational organization," "hyper-sexual body," "law reconstruction," "comprehensive creative thinking," "hyper-martial body," "multilogical learning," "contingent urban planning," "post-capitalism," "selective geometry," "post-democracy," "contrastive advantages," "ambivalent technology," "authoritarian liberal democracy," "the post-post-Cold-War era," "post-civilization," "transformative aesthetic experience," "synthetic information architecture," "contrastive mathematical logic," "dialectic complexity," "after-postmodernity," "sophisticated methodological holism," "post-human space-time," "existential dialectics," "unfolding unconsciousness," "floating consciousness," "hyper-spatial consciousness," and other visions.
Dr. Baofu earned an entry to the list of "prominent and emerging writers" in Contemporary Authors (2005) and another honorary entry in The Writers Directory (2007)-and was also interviewed on television and in newspapers about his original ideas. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Far East. He had taught as a professor at different universities in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia, South Asia, North America, and Southeast Asia-and is currently a visiting full professor in UUM. He finished more than 5 academic degrees, including a Ph.D. from the world-renowned M.I.T., and was a summa cum laude graduate.