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  •  Warning to Humanity - 1992 (23+ / 0-)

    Scientists  were explicit, direct in the statement signed by 1,700 scientists including half of the Nobel prize winners. Search to find the statement.

    The climate issue requires new levels of governance, economics and law for the whole planet.

    Here is an anthropologist who has some exciting work going on

    Recasting the concept of Nature is key to Latour’s thought. It is, he argues, an occidental invention that makes it distant from us, in “culture,” on the other side of a historically built divide. Nature then becomes exploitable and knowable essentially only through Science’s “laws of nature.” But instead of one “outside world” which we all share but have many varied ways of talking about, Latour proposes a plurality of equally real worlds that correspond to the major institutions that order our lives: Law, Politics, Religion, Science, Technology, and so on. Latour's is a highly pragmatic philosophy, borrowing from William James and Alfred North Whitehead as he follows the experience of those who participate in these worlds, each operating with its own truth conditions and organizational modes of staying in existence. One is a mode of knowledge creation that proceeds by reference as it traces the emergence of facts. Another mode has beings who persist along reproductive lines. The law will make good or bad judgments according to its own criteria and no others. Religious beings will call on those who can hear them and be saved. Others subject to strange transforming forces will be cured or succumb. There is a technical mode whose truth is in the efficiency of things that are well or badly made. In the aesthetic mode, beautiful things hold us in their thrall, and our devotion to them keeps them alive.
    Bruno Latour, French, science studies, anthropologist, etc. A review of his new book which is being translated from the French and will be released this summer by Harvard University Press

    •  We care about the beauty of nature............ (1+ / 0-)
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      Nature doesn't care about us.

      If we immediately reduce our population by 75%; if we turn away from our fossil-fueled, energy rich lifestyle; if we give up an economy based on perpetual, cancerous growth; if, if, if.................

      Fat chance.

      The mass extinction that will close the Anthrocene has ALREADY begun.  The earth is ALREADY entering a hot-phase epoch.  Most animal species, especially those humans with our rather narrow range of "civilized" adaptations will disappear.

      The earth and nature will abide.  In millions of years the excess carbon will be turned back into coal, oil, and rock.  New life will evolve.

      The world we care about so much will be gone and long buried.

      Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

      by boatwright on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:16:00 AM PST

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