Tag Archives: Anthropocene

Myths of ‘Modern’ Human Origins – Anthropologist John J. Shea, Sigma XI Distinguished Lecturer, at the 44th Annual Student Research Conference at WKU

Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 5pm, Gary Ransdell Hall At Field Lab in Omo Kibish, Ethiopia, January 2014 (I. Wallace Photo) Paleoanthropologist, Antrhropology Department & Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University Description from Sigma XI, the honor society of research scientists: … Continue reading

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Global Studies as if Reality Mattered: Globalizing Education in the Anthropocene to Build Global Competence and Resilience

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. (John Muir 1911) Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. (Philip K. Dick; Peter Viereck) … Continue reading

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What should we be worried about?

Big picture thinkers on ‘real scenarios that keep scientists up at night’ Since we can’t stop worrying, can science teach us at least how to worry better? What should and shouldn’t we be worried about – for scientific reasons? The … Continue reading

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Global Studies: The Art of Wonder in the Age of the Anthropocene

Richard Feynman (Theoretical physicist, 1918-1988) It would be a very dull universe for any intelligent being were everything of importance to be known. (Carl Sagan) What inspired the greatest scientists to spend their lives in a lab? A deep sense … Continue reading

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Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (David Weinberger 2012)

We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, … Continue reading

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Wild Ones: Looking at people looking at animals in the Anthropocene

Maybe you have to believe in the value of everything to believe in the value of anything. This is reminiscent of Einstein’s famous dictum that There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is … Continue reading

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