30 Nov '16, 8pm

curator of science, David

curator of science, David

Andrew: The concept of the Anthropocene is that Earth has entered an age that a species is in charge of. We’re not the first species to become a planetary force. A couple billion years ago, cyanobacteria created the biggest catastrophe ever when they burst oxygen in the atmosphere. It was an anaerobic environment so everything died. A great extinction. Now, we’re doing the great carbonization event. Unlike cyanobacteria, we’re capable of understanding this is happening—but we’re not absorbing it fully. That’s the paradox of this moment. David: There’s no question that our marks are deep and pervasive, and probably permanent. They’re not necessarily the kinds of marks that you want to be remembered by: extinctions, climate change, ocean acidification. These are not the hallmarks of a thoughtful species. Andrew: And here’s the other paradox. For all the curves of destruction...

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