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Dicots have two cotyledons, four- or five-part flowers, and net leaf vein patterns.
Monocots include grasses, orchids, palms, and cattails, and dicots include oaks, sycamores, and maples.
Anthropocentric Detour: deep ecologist George Sessions’ term for the ideological turn of mind Western civilization has taken, accompanied by occasional opportunities to return to a less human-centered way of viewing the world (e.g., Maimonides’ belief that the world was good before humans were created, and Spinoza’s thought that mind is found throughout nature).
For many deep ecologists, regarding the natural world only for what it does for us exhibits a regrettable immaturity.
Animism: a derogatory anthropological term for what most human cultures have believed throughout prehistory: that the Earth is alive and reactive, as are its many places.Greeks and Romans once thought a "genius loci" or spirit of place inhabited every hill, grove, and stream. The modern counterpart is panpsychism, the idea that all things possess qualities of mindfulness or psyche.With the coming of heavy industry, such ideas gave way to the financially convenient reduction of the Earth to the status of a lifeless resource.Agriculture: large-scale cultivation of the land, with resulting specialization of labor, domestication of plants and animals, identification with one’s sedentery social group, and a radical separation from the natural world.The Agricultural (Neolithic) Revolution began ten thousand years ago in the Fertile Crescent, where extensive irrigation turned once-fertile croplands into barren salt pans.