Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/303629
Title:
Cosmogenetic Labour in the Crisis of the Anthropocene
Authors:
Kirby, Joseph
Abstract:
As the insights from anthropology slowly filter into philosophy, it is becoming clear that technology should not be thought of as a contingent product of the European Enlightenment; instead, in the words of archaeologist Timothy Taylor, “technology, within the framework of some 2 to 3 million years, has, physically and mentally, made us.”1 Our huge brains, our dexterous hands, our upright stance, our ability to speak – these distinct characteristics of our biology could only evolve in the context of a new kind of development, a complexifying matrix of techniques and artifacts. Taylor calls us “a new, symbiont form of life,” with the technology that we project around ourselves forming “the nonbiological aspect of the artificial ape.”2 I argue that this insight calls for a massive change in perspective. In short, we need to understand life as an explosion. Growing out of geothermal vents into the oceans, out of the oceans onto the land, this explosion is now constrained by the barrier of the atmosphere, beyond which lies the void of space. The only way the living explosion will ever be able to transcend this barrier is through the kind of symbiosis between technology and biology described by Taylor. With reference to the long neglected ecological thought of Krafft Ehricke, I argue that the ecological crisis should not be seen as the death-throws of nature, but rather as the birth-pangs of a new mode of life, the crisis whereby the biosphere expands beyond the geosphere, to infuse extraterrestrial fields of matter with the beauty of living form. As the progenitors of technology, this cosmogenetic labour is one of the duties of humanity with regard to the living process that birthed us. 1 Timothy Taylor, The Artificial Ape (), 198. 2 Taylor, The Artificial Ape, 194.
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Kirby, Joseph. "Cosmogenetic Labour in the Crisis of the Anthropocene" (paper presented at the 18th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC), Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, February 14, 2013).
Issue Date:
14-Feb-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/303629
Additional Links:
http://www.academia.edu/2917392/Cosmogenetic_Labour_in_the_Crisis_of_the_Anthropocene
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Description:
This paper won 3rd prize in the Concordia University Religion Department's Annual Graduate Conference, Brave New World: Traditions and Transitions. It will be published in the conference proceedings (forthcoming)
Keywords:
Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996; Science; Ecological crisis; Moltmann, Jürgen; Universe; Anthropology; Ecological philosophy; Gaia; Biosphere; Lovelock, James, 1919-; Taylor, Timothy, 1960 July 10-; Ehricke, Krafft A.; Dilworth, Craig
Rights:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
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dc.contributor.authorKirby, Josephen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-18T16:47:55Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-18T16:47:55Z-
dc.date.issued2013-02-14-
dc.identifier.citationKirby, Joseph. "Cosmogenetic Labour in the Crisis of the Anthropocene" (paper presented at the 18th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC), Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, February 14, 2013).en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/303629-
dc.descriptionThis paper won 3rd prize in the Concordia University Religion Department's Annual Graduate Conference, Brave New World: Traditions and Transitions. It will be published in the conference proceedings (forthcoming)en_GB
dc.description.abstractAs the insights from anthropology slowly filter into philosophy, it is becoming clear that technology should not be thought of as a contingent product of the European Enlightenment; instead, in the words of archaeologist Timothy Taylor, “technology, within the framework of some 2 to 3 million years, has, physically and mentally, made us.”1 Our huge brains, our dexterous hands, our upright stance, our ability to speak – these distinct characteristics of our biology could only evolve in the context of a new kind of development, a complexifying matrix of techniques and artifacts. Taylor calls us “a new, symbiont form of life,” with the technology that we project around ourselves forming “the nonbiological aspect of the artificial ape.”2 I argue that this insight calls for a massive change in perspective. In short, we need to understand life as an explosion. Growing out of geothermal vents into the oceans, out of the oceans onto the land, this explosion is now constrained by the barrier of the atmosphere, beyond which lies the void of space. The only way the living explosion will ever be able to transcend this barrier is through the kind of symbiosis between technology and biology described by Taylor. With reference to the long neglected ecological thought of Krafft Ehricke, I argue that the ecological crisis should not be seen as the death-throws of nature, but rather as the birth-pangs of a new mode of life, the crisis whereby the biosphere expands beyond the geosphere, to infuse extraterrestrial fields of matter with the beauty of living form. As the progenitors of technology, this cosmogenetic labour is one of the duties of humanity with regard to the living process that birthed us. 1 Timothy Taylor, The Artificial Ape (), 198. 2 Taylor, The Artificial Ape, 194.en_GB
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dc.subjectSagan, Carl, 1934-1996en_GB
dc.subjectScienceen_GB
dc.subjectEcological crisisen_GB
dc.subjectMoltmann, Jürgenen_GB
dc.subjectUniverseen_GB
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_GB
dc.subjectEcological philosophyen_GB
dc.subjectGaiaen_GB
dc.subjectBiosphereen_GB
dc.subjectLovelock, James, 1919-en_GB
dc.subjectTaylor, Timothy, 1960 July 10-en_GB
dc.subjectEhricke, Krafft A.en_GB
dc.subjectDilworth, Craigen_GB
dc.subject.lcshScience--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshUniverseen_GB
dc.subject.lcshAnthropologyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshBiosphereen_GB
dc.subject.lcshGaiaen_GB
dc.subject.lcshLife (Biology)en_GB
dc.titleCosmogenetic Labour in the Crisis of the Anthropoceneen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
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