Paul Shepard

Paul Shepard served in World War II, received an A. B. in English and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Missouri, obtained a M. S. in Conservation at Yale University and a Ph. D. in interdisciplinary studies. He has taught at Knox College in Illinois, Smith College in Massachusetts, and Dartmouth in New Hampshire, in addition to fulfilling teaching fellowships in Australia, India, and New Zealand. He is also the author of Man in the Landscape: A Historic View of the Esthetics of Nature, Thinking Animals, Nature and Madness, and The Sacred Paw, with Barry Sanders.

As agriculture replaced hunting and gathering it was accompanied by radical changes in the way men saw and responded to their natural surroundings. Although hundreds of local forms of farming developed . . . they all shared the aim of completely humanizing the earth's surface, replacing wild with domestic, and creating landscapes from habitat.
The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game, 1973.

Our home is the earth, our time the Pleistocene Ice Ages, The past is the formula for our being. Cynegetic man is us. Ibid.

. . . I consider human history and culture as ecological factors. Talking on the Water, 1994.

The recent discoveries in genetics and molecular biology are confirming that modern humans are not separate from their biological past. Ibid.

The old question of whether we are determined by nature or culture is all out the window. The new answer is it's both! It's everything we do and everything we are. Ibid.