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Mushrooming without Fear

"Could this be the most useful book of the decade? Alexander Schwab’s Mushrooming Without Fear (Merlin Unwin Books, £14.99) does exactly what it says on the tin, and it might even help replace those tins with much more mouth-watering meals composed of trumpet chanterelles, horns of plenty, penny bun boletes or the wonderful, steak-like puffball. Schwab pictures and explains the edible fungi that grow in Britain, tells you where to find them and what to do with them, and – most crucially - sets out the rules for avoiding their toxic cousins..." (The Guardian)

Why not have a look at the website of Mushrooming Without Fear?

If you read German Vorwärts zur Natur might be for you. Follow this link to learn more.


Lake Thun, Bergli Books, Basel 2002

Hook, Line & Thinker, Merlin Unwin Books, Ludlow 2003

Dear Jim, Merlin Unwin Books, Ludlow 2004

Merlin's Daily Fishing Calendar, Merlin Unwin Books, Ludlow 2006 / 2007

Mushrooming Without Fear, Merlin Unwin Books, Ludlow 2006

Lätt och säkker svampplockning, Codus, Götebörg 2007

Mushrooming Without Fear, Skyhorse Publishing, New York 2007

Vorwärts zur Natur, Salm Verlag, Wohlen 2007

Angles on Fishing, E,Z & D Verlag, Biglen 2010


Robert Arlinghaus & Alexander Schwab: Five Ethical Challenges to Recreational Fishing: What They are and What They Mean, American Fisheries Society (2010 in press).

Arlinghaus et al.: Contrasting pragmatic and suffering-centered approaches to fish welfare in recreational angling. Journal of Fish Biology (2009) 75, 2448–2463, co-author.

Arlinghaus et al.: Reviews in Fisheries Science 2007, S. 75 - 167, Understanding the Complexity of Catch-and-Release in Recreational Fishing: An Integrative Synthesis of Global Knowledge from Historical, Ethical, Social, and Biological Perspectives, co-author.

Arlinghaus et al.: Fish and Fisheries 2007, S. 57 - 71, Fish welfare: a challenge to the feelings-based approach, with implications for recreational fishing, co-author.

European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission: Code of Practice for Recreational Fisheries, co-author., Trout Trauma Puts Scientists on the Hook?

Visionair, 10 / 2008, Zwitserse sportvisser gevangen in kruisvuir - Dierenrechten belemmeren vrije uitoefening sportvisserij, The fish rots from the head - Philosophy changes the world of angling, February 2009


University of Bern , May 20 2008: Singer’s talk was boring. Excessively boring. He is not only the most dangerous man (see article in the Guardian) but also the most boring man. Perhaps that is why is so dangerous. 2/3 of the time he rambled on about happy chicken and cows. Had you not known that a philosopher was speaking you would have thought he is a product manager at Tesco’s presenting the board his ideas on organic food. The question whether it was right to eat the eggs of happy or chicken or even kill the happy chicken in order to eat it seemed of enormous importance. It turned out eventually, prompted by a question, that whereas the chicken had a right to come to a natural death a human being with Alzheimer hadn’t necessarily such a right. He was, incidentally, talking of rights as if he had invented them himself, although he doesn’t believe in them ("The language of rights is a convenient political shorthand"). There were also the usual gibes and the wholesale condemnation of western culture (Aristotle, Aquinas, Catholic Church etc.).

Remarkable was the anthropomorphizing simplicity: Similarity this that and the other, parallels this that and the other and if an animal behaves like happy… it is happy. Happy! Equally remarkable his simplistic presentation of slavery: and he gets away with it!

 It was a badly organized event and there was no discussion. You were allowed to ask one question and that was that. The audience was composed of admiring students and teachers all of whom seemed to be toothless yes-man (yes-woman, of course, too. The majority in fact.). The questions were “penalty questions”: he could score easily – no goal keeper. All this would not be worth bothering with but Peter Singer is the most influential philosopher today and essential elements of his thinking infiltrate all layers of society and become more and more accepted. Worse still, they are blended with other ideas and as a result you’ll get documents like those of the Swiss Ethics Commission on the dignity of animals and plants.