Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Reflections on the End of Civilization

eBook - 2015
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In this bracing response to climate change, Roy Scranton combines memoir, reportage, philosophy, and Zen wisdom to explore what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, taking readers on a journey through street protests, the latest findings of earth scientists, a historic UN summit, millennia of geological history, and the persistent vitality of ancient literature. Expanding on his influential New York Times essay (the #1 most-emailed article the day it appeared, and selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014), Scranton responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with death.
Publisher: New York : City Lights Publishers, 2015
ISBN: 9780872866706
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 20, 2018

Although the title mentions that they are reflections, its mostly explaining, complaining, and even ranting. The essay is rather uneven: the first section, last section and coda are the best parts, and many ideas within them are left undeveloped or reflected upon. I found many things agreeable: "we must inculcate ruminative frequencies... by... attention to detail, argumentative rigour, careful reading, and meditative reflection."(pg. 108) and the poem on page 29. I was glad and disappointed that he championed the humanities: glad that its crucial (indeed, essential) function in one's life and in social life too was recognized, and disappointed in that he lumped together a very diverse array of fields under one vague label that is part of an undervalued and even disvalued conceptual schema or sematic associations, and that he poo-poo-ed the work of scholars (good scholarship is among the foundations of those fields classed as humanities). Appended further reading list and some notes at the end.

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