27 May '11, 6pm

Perceiving the Anthropocene

Perceiving the Anthropocene By ANDREW C. REVKIN NASA Home . The excellent science writer Oliver Morton has written a captivating feature for the Economist exploring the hypothesis that Earth has entered a new geological epoch of our making , the Anthropocene . It has a gem of a closing “kicker”: It may seem nonsense to think of the (probably skeptical) intelligence with which you interpret these words as something on a par with plate tectonics or photosynthesis. But dam by dam, mine by mine, farm by farm and city by city it is remaking the Earth before your eyes. I like this framing because it gets at the challenge we face, given aspects of our “inconvenient mind ,” in fully absorbing, and responding to, this state of affairs. In case you missed it when I posted “Pedal to the Metal ,” here’s my distillation of the human predicament: It’s like we’ve woken up at the wheel of...

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