I wrote a brief against the idea of the Anthropocene for . Humanity's claims on deep time are unearned, unless we radically get our act together as a species
Geological time is beyond all comprehension and humans will leave nothing behind. "Not plastic birthday balloons... not Charlton Heston shaking his fist at some littoral colossus. It will all be worn away, destroyed or hidden forever." This is very good
“If there were a nuclear holocaust in the Triassic, among warring prosauropods, we wouldn’t know about it.” This is basically the plot of the science fiction novel I’ve long been planning to write, as ⁦⁩ will vouch...
Somehow, has written a vicious takedown that also manages to be completely gorgeous?
The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
Been thinking about this incredible article by all day, about which the nicest and most accurate praise I have is “reading this made me feel like I got shoved off a skyscraper”
Timescale is everything. Thoughtful piece from "We haven’t earned an Anthropocene epoch yet." "The idea of the Anthropocene inflates our own importance... It is of a thread with our species’ peculiar, self-styled exceptionalism"
I think my favorite thing in this article is the occassional fan fiction of what dinosaurs could've been doing without us finding evidence for it in the geological record.
Some food for thought here. We use the term Anthropocene to define the present as a new geological epoch shaped by humans, but in reality it's not an epoch at all. In geological terms, it's an event - a mass extinction event - that is unfolding at speed.
“The Anthropocene”? We flatter ourselves. It’s the same exceptionalism that will probably render us just another strange line in the rock. By , bard of deep time
This piece, by , is so good. "Unless we fast learn how to endure on this planet, and on a scale far beyond anything we’ve yet proved ourselves capable of, the detritus of civilization will be quickly devoured by the maw of deep time."
We’re so full of ourselves, we also had to go and name the time we happen to occupy as our own. In deep time all will be oblivion. The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
This is a stunning bit of writing
From now on I'm going to believe that this is definitely what happened
Rather scathing attack on an #Anthropocene epoch. “The idea of the Anthropocene inflates our own importance by promising eternal geological life to our creations. It is of a thread with our species’ peculiar, self-styled exceptionalism...”
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 - it would be virtually impossible to tell
The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
I've finally started reading the unnatural world. I think my timing is great w this article in
The Anthropocene is a joke. Discuss
"Perhaps, someday, our signal in the rocks will be found, but only if eagle-eyed stratigraphers, from God knows where on the tree of life, crisscross their own rearranged Earth, assiduously trying to find us."
"Each year we spew more than 100 times as much CO2 into the air as volcanoes do, and we’re currently overseeing the biggest disruption to the planet’s nitrogen cycle in 2.5 billion years. But despite this incredible effort, all is vanity."
"A dozen centimeters of muck seems an optimistic goal for civilization"
Make time to read about time by
The arrogance of the Anthropocene idea, from
The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
(Great piece.) The Anthropocene is a Joke. (Because the entirety of human history is basically nothing on a geological timescale, and it's doubtful we're even going to leave behind any traces that we ever existed.)
The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
Interesting perspective: "The idea of the Anthropocene inflates our own importance by promising eternal geological life to our creations."
The Anthropocene idea needs to go away, writes
The Arrogance of the Anthropocene