Conservation and Cosmology

Modernity’s manic disposition—its constant teleological fluctuation between dread and excitement—owes to the anticipated arrival at the summit of two slopes: technological emancipation and ecological ruination. The pinnacle of these inseparable edifices marks the completion of humanity’s schism with nature, and invites us, from the loneliness of our remove, to contemplate the precipice. Presuming we forego the temptation to step into...

The Great Adaptation

When Nicolaus Copernicus published his model of heliocentrism (positing the Sun as the centre of the universe) in On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres just before his death in 1543, he accomplished what amounts to the literal moving of heaven and Earth. He also politely informed his five hundred million planetary (human) cohabitants of their mediocrity. The “Copernican Revolution” then,...

“Whole and Uninjured”

“To be is to do – Socrates. To do is to be – Sartre. Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra.” The above tripartite from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1982 novel Deadeye Dick, traces originally (in longer form and with different attributions) to graffito in bathroom stalls in the late 1960s. Its modern re-emergence as Facebook meme proves once again—both in content...