Morton on Humanity: The Anthropocene

A dried-up reservoir bed in South Korea.It’s a long read on The Guardian, but definitely worth it.

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on.

‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

 

 

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The Brave New World is more Huxley’s than Orwellian

The ascent of the latest U.S. president has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. In a very readable article in The Guardian, Andrew Postman (Neil Postman’s son), gives his take on the similarities of our current reality to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World rather than George Orwell’s 1984. Basically, it’s not about Big Brother watching you, but people chasing entertainment, no matter how infuriatingly ridiculous or ‘fake’ it might be.

As Postman writes:

Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture..Image result for amusing ourselves to death

Where will we go from here? Postman argues:

Who can be appalled when the coin of the realm in public discourse is not experience, thoughtfulness or diplomacy but the ability to amuse – no matter how maddening or revolting the amusement?

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – By Andrew Postman 

 

Can social movements ‘save’ us?

img-bookI am looking forward to reading Naomi Klein’s latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, which links climate change to the economic system. There is also a film to follow. This is an issue that has not been addressed adequately, and it looks as though she has written a thoughtful, succinct book. Can social movements save us, though? Are we already past the point of no return? I would argue that social movements from civil rights to gender equality are still as relevant as ever, and are one of the only ways to affect change. I am adding this book to my to-be-read pile.

“This is the best book about climate change in a very long time— reminding us just how much the powers-that-be depend on the power of coal, gas and oil. And that in turn should give us hope, because it means the fight for a just world is the same as the fight for a liveable one.”

— Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and co-founder of 350.org

“An enormous, complex, compelling and, by turns, distressing and rallying analysis of the dysfunctional symbiotic relationships between free-market capitalism, the fossil fuel industry and global warming”

— Booklist Review

Sorry, Naomi Klein, social movements are not enough to save us | rabble.ca

The film trailer:

Space Rock and Roll (Don’t Panic)

asteroidA 130,000-tonne asteroid is currently hurtling towards the Earth. Well, at least close to the Earth. Not AT Earth exactly, despite what recently happened in Russia.

A live view of the space rock’s approach from observatories in Australia, where it is nighttime, went live online around 11:30 a.m. ET, about three hours before the asteroid’s closest approach to Earth. Starting at 2 p.m., NASA will also be providing live commentary. Fun!

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