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|October 7, 2014 at 20:16 #14903|
The discussion concerned our relation to “romantic ecology” and “ecological sensitivity” and what art can do to make people understand the scientific description of the natural world inclusive ourselves, and take action for the environment. Much of the content was recognized from texts we have studied in previous courses on human/society ideas about and impact on the environment. Midgley writes about the scientific view of the Earth relative to the theory of Gaia about the globe. I find her description interesting and agree to much of it, but have difficulties to see the Earth as an organism, even though you easily could make a metaphor with the human body. She also discusses human rights and morality, and our self-knowledge, with respect to what and how nature has a right. The human society is dependent on natural resources for surviving, so what economic rights do we give to “nature”.
|October 8, 2014 at 10:19 #14909|
Response to Maria’s Reflection.
Your scientific background provided an interesting insight as always! All of our diverse backgrounds usually make a well rounded discussion, and in this seminar your perspective helped give us all an alternative way to see things. Sometimes it is difficult to know to what extent different scholars are dealing with a rift in academia, to me, Gaia theory is just one of many theories and I do not have the background to implicitly know how it was received on the ground. It is interesting to hear how organism metaphors work in some directions, yet you have difficulty with it entirely fitting with the earth. Just goes to show that there needs to be a more open manner in which we teach and are taught. It seems if the end result is a similar respect for the planet and its boundaries, then it is silly to get caught up in which teaching method should be universally accepted.
I quite like the quote you brought in. Carson has a very poetic way of writing, and this excerpt illustrates it excellently. I like that you focused on a quote with optimism despite feeling much more pessimistic about the whole affair yourself. I suppose it just shows the longing for optimism if nothing else.
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