A ‘Man-Made’ Wor(l)d

In a March 2011 Economist article criticism of pseudo-scientific terms like “paradigm shift,” argues that the natural sciences have been moving human activity further away from the center of its conception for centuries, and that such a designation, like the one inferred by the term Anthropocene, would mark a truly historical shift in our thinking. [...]

Holocene’s Golden Spike?

There is a tradition in geology where a golden spike is inserted into a layer of rock, signifying the historical beginning, of different geologic events. Andrew Revkin, in a October 16, 2014 New York Times Opinion blog, discusses his role in the Anthropocene Working Group, in which he comments on the complexities of defining a [...]