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February 16 2017, 2:02am | Comments
As a planetary astrobiologist, I am focused on the major transitions in planetary evolution and the evolving relationship between planets and life.
January 13 2017, 5:50am | Comments
Time Magazine’s annual “Person of the Year” announcement is, year after year, grossly misunderstood.
December 9 2016, 11:21am | Comments
I’ve long thought that conventional understandings of geography were a little too “horizontal”.
October 20 2016, 3:05am | Comments
Consider a wanderer 10,000 years in the future discovering a strange construction of granite thorns in the New Mexico desert, their points weathered by centuries, their shadows stretching at sinister angles.
September 7 2016, 11:14am | Comments
Just after World War II, when the atomic bombs fell and our thirst for coal and oil became a full-blown addiction, Earth entered the Anthropocene, a new geologic time when humanity’s environmental reach left a mark in sediments…
We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.
April 22 2016, 3:34am | Comments
In the 21st century, we are inundated with news about human-induced climate change. But perhaps human-produced media are not the only source of information.
March 29 2016, 2:35pm | Comments
February 16 2016, 8:17am | Comments
Future archeologists aren’t just going to be digging up old bones: Looks like they’re also going to be sifting though old fossilized plastics. For years, scientists have questioned whether or not we’ve entered a new geological timeframe directly…
January 31 2016, 9:14am | Comments
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January 26 2016, 6:31am | Comments
There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.
January 8 2016, 9:09am | Comments
When was the last time you awoke right at the first peak of day? Or put away your work simply because night was falling? We are less and less tied to rhythms of natural time, living instead in…
December 14 2015, 8:44am | Comments
Humans were once a fairly average species of large mammals, living off the land with little effect on it. But in recent millennia, our relationship with the natural world has changed as dramatically as our perception of it.…
December 3 2015, 2:39pm | Comments
The significance of the idea of the Anthropocene epoch is centrally about the understanding of human intervention into and extraction from nature, and one that can be signalled in the geological record.
November 28 2015, 4:30am | Comments
Like many of you, I suspect, I have a love hate relationship with the internet. I love the access it gives me to all sorts of information, and how it connects me with people I would have never…
November 21 2015, 6:16am | Comments
Is humanity’s impact on its environment so huge that the planet has entered a new geological era: the Anthropocene? The idea is gaining ground—and dividing scientists. Helen Gordon investigates
October 24 2015, 3:35am | Comments
In my past postings, I’ve pointed out how the Anthropocene thesis can be roundly criticized for its assorted failings.
July 4 2015, 4:21pm | Comments
David C. Wood is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of European Studies at Vanderbilt University. Interview by Zan Boag, editor of New Philosopher. Zan Boag: Contemporary society places great weight on the importance of progress…
May 26 2015, 5:08am | Comments
One last chance. That’s all the Siberian hunter wants. For five months Karl Gorokhov has tracked his ancient prey across a desolate island in the East Siberian Sea, slogging 18 hours a day over the icy tundra.
May 19 2015, 4:17pm | Comments
Telofossils II, 2015. Images courtesy XPO Gallery and the artist We don't have a time machine (that we know of—yet), but we can still get a theoretical idea about what our civilization might look like post-man thanks to…
Humanity inscribes itself into the rock record of Earth’s history. People now move more sediment than all the world’s rivers combined. Fossil fuel burning has changed the composition of the atmosphere.
May 14 2015, 5:43pm | Comments
The 15 undergraduate students in “Wasting Time on the Internet,” an English course offered by the University of Pennsylvania, plus professor Kenneth Goldsmith, plus me, are participating in an activity. Actually, a few students opt out, but I…
May 4 2015, 9:44am | Comments
The digital life is material and submerged, as much as it is immaterial and in the cloud. It is the navy and gold submarine cables set into the ocean bed. Digital life is the germanium and indium, the…
March 2 2015, 10:22am | Comments
Sarah Perry is a guest blogger who blogs at Carcinisation and is the author of Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide.
January 24 2015, 6:50am | Comments
Both science fiction and futurism seem to miss an important piece of how the future actually turns into the present. They fail to capture the way we don’t seem to notice when the future actually arrives.
December 29 2014, 7:54am | Comments
If you haven’t watched YouTube in a while—if you’ve joined the Amish, or you’re Edward Snowden—a lot has changed. Early on, the platform was a salmagundi of out-of-focus lifecasts.
December 10 2014, 2:01am | Comments
The Surrealists’ ideal state for making art was the twilight between wakefulness and sleep, when they would dredge up images from the murky subconscious and throw them onto the page or canvas.
November 22 2014, 5:23am | Comments
I have come to my favorite café (which has very fast Wi-Fi) and ordered a coffee.
October 11 2014, 7:40am | Comments
We have a strange, sad way of leaving things behind. Not just regular old things—spent notebooks, obsolete consumer electronics, whatever—but big things that happen to be old.
October 8 2014, 1:54am | Comments
A tour through the history of time in cinema, guided by the master Richard Linklater :: kogonada 8 minutes
September 15 2014, 4:23pm | Comments
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