The Arrogance of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic


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This is some absolutely stellar writing and, for me, a challenging and strangely comforting change of perspective.
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2 days ago by newsmary
On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.
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2 days ago by therourke
If they then somehow found an accompanying plaque left behind by humanity that purports to assign this unusual layer its own epoch—sandwiched in these cliffs, and embarrassed above and below by gigantic edifices of limestone, siltstone, and shale—this claim would amount to evidence of little more than our own species’ astounding anthropocentrism. If, in the final 7,000 years of their reign, dinosaurs became hyperintelligent, built a civilization, started asteroid mining, and did so for centuries before forgetting to carry the one on an orbital calculation, thereby sending that famous valedictory six-mile space rock hurtling senselessly toward the Earth themselves —it would be virtually impossible to tell. It implies that we are at the dawning of the astrobiologist David Grinspoon’s “Sapiezoic Eon”—that expansive, creative, open-ended future in which human technology represents a new and enduring feature of the planet on par with the biological innovations of the Cambrian Explosion—rather than heading for the impending, terminal consummation of a major mass extinction, ending with all the conclusive destruction of apocalypses past. If someday in the distant future we have , it will be an astounding testament to a species that, after a colicky, globe-threatening infancy, learned that it was not separate from Earth history, but a contiguous part of the systems that have kept this miraculous marble world habitable for billions of years. I assume neither Goodell nor Jay-Z expected
3 days ago by sechilds
The Anthropocene Is a Joke via Instapaper http://bit.ly/31KqycY
Stuart Gleave / Getty H umans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. Whereas some epochs in Earth…
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3 days ago by patrick
RT : this is a fun and lively piece that is going to piss a lot of people off
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4 days ago by joha04
Stuart Gleave / Getty H umans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. Whereas some epochs in Earth…
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4 days ago by matttrent
“On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch.”
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4 days ago by inrgbwetrust
Can't stop thinking about this point in this great Atlantic essay - on a geologic timeline, the human era looks more like a mass extinction event than anything…
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4 days ago by mathewi
Stuart Gleave / Getty H umans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. Whereas some epochs in Earth…
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4 days ago by punzai
via Pocket - The Anthropocene Is a Joke - Added August 14, 2019 at 01:53PM On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.
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5 days ago by peteyreplies
If, in the final 7,000 years of their reign, dinosaurs became hyperintelligent, built a civilization, started asteroid mining, and did so for centuries before forgetting to carry the one on an orbital calculation, thereby sending that famous valedictory six-mile space rock hurtling senselessly toward the Earth themselves—it would be virtually impossible to tell. All we do know is that an asteroid did hit, and that the fossils in the millions of years afterward look very different than in the millions of years prior.
5 days ago by spectrevision
"On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch"

"That this otherwise typical and temporary warm spell of the Pleistocene has also been strangely given its own epoch, the so-called Holocene—quite unlike the dozens of similar interglacials that came before it—is the original sin of anthropocentric geology."

Some nice discussions of how tenuous the evidence for human civilization might be tens of millions of years from now. ("... the longest-lived radioisotope from radioactive fallout, iodine-129, has a half-life of less than 16 million years. If there were a nuclear holocaust in the Triassic, among warring prosauropods, we wouldn’t know about it.") [iodine-129 decays to xenon-129, which is 26% of all xenon]
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5 days ago by PeterErwin
bleak but valuable
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6 days ago by icco
The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
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6 days ago by Nomad93
Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. Where some epochs in Earth history stretch more than 40…
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6 days ago by bcamper
On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. via Pocket
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6 days ago by drewcaldwell