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...