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Neil Paul Cummins

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Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I grew up in the countryside in the south-west of England. I have studied various subjects at university and have a BSc in Environmental Studies (first-class honours), an MA in Philosophy (Distinction), a BA in Economics (2.1), and a PhD in Philosophy. My PhD work forms the basis of my book: "An Evolutionary Perspective on the Relationship Between Humans and Their Surroundings". I have also been published in a peer-reviewed academic philosophy journal and in 2008 I won an international philosophical writing competition (the first prize was 1000 Euros). The winning essay can be found in my book 'How much of man is natural?'. In September 2008 I presented the winning essay to the international conference of the Spinoza-Gesellschaft in Marburg, Germany. In 2009 I was awarded a scholarship to present my work at the Venice Summer School on Evolution and Human Uniqueness.

My main interest is whether the human species has an important place in an evolving planet, and whether life has an important place in an evolving universe. A closely related interest is the question of the degree of similarity that exists between humans and non-human animals, and the degree of similarity that exists between humans and the wider non-human universe. So, the main theme underlying my work can be thought of as the nature of the relationship that exists between the human species and the rest of the universe in an evolutionary context. One of my 'controversial' views developed in my work is that the purpose of the human species is to geoengineer the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere.

You can find some excerpts of my work, and discuss issues surrounding my interests, at my blog: neilpaulcummins.blogspot.com

The books I would recommend having a look at are:

1) An Evolutionary Perspective on the Relationship Between Humans and Their Surroundings

2) Is the Human Species Special?

3) What Does it Mean to be 'Green'?

4) Saviours or Destroyers: The relationship between the human species and the rest of life on Earth

These four books contain different aspects of my view of the relationship between humans and the rest of the universe . I particularly like my latest book - 'Saviours or Destroyers' - as it gets straight to the heart of the issue of the nature of the relationship between humans and the rest of life on Earth.

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I would like to briefly consider the question of whether the cosmic bringing forth of humans was inevitable. This question, when fully elucidated, clearly has an answer (either yes or no); however,

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