Collectivism

As human animals, our ideology is based on an individualistic moral stance or social outlook. As a class, we had to throw our individualistic principles away and come together to collectively unravel what the animal image means to us as humans.  Through research and actively trying to decode the image of the animal for the whole semester, our perspectives on the animal have changed. We worked to achieve a state of cohesion to collectively build a website showcasing our findings.  With the use of categories and tags, our individual research and reflections will be able to live collectively alongside those of our classmates. -Zoe Oleshansky

Integrity

Restoring the animal integrity is one of our main goals and themes addressed throughout the entirety of our projects.  What this means, “restoration of integrity,” is the (re)introduction of the animal as an important agent in our lives, either effected by negative factors (such as capitalism, power, and human exploitation), or by positive factors (co-dependence, co-evolution, co-habitation).  In each of our projects, we reflect and mediate the importance of the animal as not a divided entity, but a companion that is unified with us. -Jeremy Smith

The Human-Animal Distinction

The more we learn about non-human animals, the less we seem to know about what sets us apart as humans. Consciousness? Emotion? Language? These capacities have been displayed by numerous animals, even those we don’t typically consider intelligent, like insects and fish. We share about 60% of our DNA with chickens. Simply put, we seem to be more alike than we are different. What, then, are the essential differences between humans and the rest of the animals? And how do those differences inform the way we approach, represent, and interact with non-human animals? In our work on this site, we have explored these questions from several different angles. –Diana McCorry