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Zoe Todd, "On Time"
"What does it mean to abandon our renewal ceremonies, as humans? What does it mean to forget or stop those ceremonies altogether? What cosmic price did dinosaurs pay for forgetting to root themselves reciprocally with their worlds, to tend to the other lives and meanings that made their being possible? Or did they stop because some other force was bearing down upon them, rendering it impossible to renew? […] Are we, collectively, facing the same demise? If so, I take the point that we should heed what the dinosaurs have to teach us about the ending of orders of being, of worlds."
DeepTime  ZoeTodd  dinosaurs  geology  ClimateChange 
january 2019 by briansholis
Ross Andersen, "The Vanishing Groves," Aeon
"The burning of books and libraries has perhaps fallen out of fashion, but if you look closely, you will find its spirit survives in another distinctly human activity, one as old as civilisation itself: the destruction of forests. Trees and forests are repositories of time; to destroy them is to destroy an irreplaceable record of the Earth’s past. Over this past century of unprecendented deforestation, a tiny cadre of scientists has roamed the world’s remaining woodlands, searching for trees with long memories, trees that promise science a new window into antiquity. To find a tree’s memories, you have to look past its leaves and even its bark; you have to go deep into its trunk, where the chronicles of its long life lie, secreted away like a library’s lost scrolls. This spring, I journeyed to the high, dry mountains of California to visit an ancient forest, a place as dense with history as Alexandria. A place where the heat of a dangerous fire is starting to rise."
Aeon  RossAndersen  DeepTime  trees  ClimateChange  dendrochronology 
january 2019 by briansholis
Peter Brannen, "Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous," The Atlantic
"In a strange way, truly gigantic craters don’t appear on the planet’s surface because we’re here to look for them. Just as the wounds of the returning planes could reflect only the merely survivable, so too for our entire planet’s history. It could be that we’ve been shielded from these existential threats by our very existence."
PeterBrannen  TheAtlantic  science  DeepTime  geology  life  astronomy  2018Faves 
january 2019 by briansholis
Peter Brannen, "Rambling Through Time," The New York Times
"This is the central insight of geology. The world is old beyond comprehension, and our story on it is short. The conceit of the Anthropocene, the supposed new epoch we’re living in, is that humanity can already make claims to its geological legacy. But if we’re to endure as a civilization, or even as a species, for anything more than what might amount to a thin layer of odd rock in some windswept canyon of the far future, some humility is in order about our, thus far, infinitesimal part in the history of the planet."
PeterBrannen  DeepTime  op-ed  NYT  science  geology 
january 2019 by briansholis
Peter Brannen, "Glimpses of a Mass Extinction in Modern-Day Western New York," The New Yorker
This upstate ocean poked out from under farmland, and crumbled from rock walls behind gas stations. In the Devonian period—hundreds of millions of years ago—it was filled with sea lilies, sea scorpions, armor-plated monster fish, forests of glass sponges, and patch reefs of strange corals. At night, these reefs were cast in shimmering chiaroscuro, inviting moonlit patrols of sharks and coelacanths. Where the water met land in eastern New York, dawn revealed fish hauling ashore on nervous day trips—slimy, gasping astronauts under a withering sun.
PeterBrannen  NewYorker  science  geology  DeepTime  2018Faves 
january 2019 by briansholis
Peter Brannen, "How Climate Change Helped the Dinosaurs Come to Power," The Atlantic
“The need to understand strange events like the Carnian Pluvial Episode has taken on new urgency."
PeterBrannen  TheAtlantic  science  geology  DeepTime  dinosaurs  ClimateChange 
january 2019 by briansholis
Ross Zurowski, "On Small Seasons and Long Calendars"
"Like written language, the development of a standard calendar enabled stronger coordination and control for countries and societies. And also like written language, standard calendars introduced shared metaphors and patterns of thought. The week, the month, the year, sure. But also the financial quarter, the nine-to-five, the holiday.

This language shapes how we think about time and hence how we think about our lives and work."
RossZurowski  time  calendars  seasons  DeepTime 
january 2019 by briansholis
The History of the Universe Is Written on the Ocean Floor - The Atlantic
Sediments from the bottom of the sea preserve a record of exploding stars—including some that may have changed Earth’s climate, and led to the rise of humans.
RebeccaBoyle  TheAtlantic  2016Faves  science  astronomy  DeepTime 
january 2019 by briansholis
Anthony Lydgate, "Catching Dust," The New Yorker
About NASA’s attempt to learn about the origin of the universe by sampling dust extracted from a nearby asteroid
science  astronomy  DeepTime  AnthonyLydgate  NewYorker  2016Faves 
january 2019 by briansholis
Brazilian Termite Mounds Are Visible From Space - The Atlantic
Their huge mounds cover an area the size of Britain, and are visible from space.
termites  anthropocene  forest  deeptime 
november 2018 by thejaymo
RT : Art, science and history intertwine as unpacks the origins of the idea of ; it's entangl…
DeepTime  CarolineWinterer  from twitter
october 2018 by jubois
Long Now members: watch a talk about the dawn of the idea of . Historian Caroline Winterer walks us throug…
DeepTime  from twitter_favs
september 2018 by mgifford
We have a big announcement coming out. Hold on to your butts, you’ll find out what it is all in due…er… .
DeepTime  from twitter_favs
july 2018 by ebuchholtz
Documenting the Oldest Living Things in the World - Science Friday
Audio interview (22 mins). Includes discussion of deep time. Discusses temporality of the photographic image - so may be interesting in relation to Derrida's 'instant'.
interview  derrida  deeptime 
march 2018 by eamonnconnor
What Does Deep Time Mean? - The Atlantic
Broad introduction to the concept of 'deep time'.
march 2018 by eamonnconnor
RACHEL SUSSMAN – Ancient Living Things & Deep Time - YouTube
Long interview with Sussman. Primarily focused on questions of deep time.
interview  deeptime 
march 2018 by eamonnconnor
Deep Space & Time: an Interview With Rachel Sussman — Kickstarter
Interview with Sussman (conducted by Willa Koerner). There is a lot here about deep time, but also of interest is the framing/discussion of the project entirely within the realm of modern art (mediality).
interview  deeptime  materiality 
march 2018 by eamonnconnor
Art, Science & Philosophy Behind Photos of Oldest Living Things
Interview: predominantly focused on the 'philosophy' (deep time) and methodology/mediality of Sussman's project.
interview  deeptime  methodology  materiality 
march 2018 by eamonnconnor
Encounter Embryonic Time ...

... 500 years of life could emerge

Futures  quercus  DeepTime  landscape  oak  from twitter_favs
august 2017 by echolology

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