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  1. Oct 2017
    1. Anthropocene

      Anthropocene.....viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment! Check this out that explains more...


  2. Sep 2017
    1. simply be to amplify their voices, with everything we have.

      An interesting final point which could be used to restart the discussion.....if it possible, what changes can DH foster...

    2. Experimental humanities labs and DH makerspaces participate in this forward-facing reorientation, allowing scholars to tinker and build, bringing critical perspectives to the realms of 3d fabrication; do-it-yourself wearable and embedded computing; hardware hacking, modding, and repair, augmented reality, and the making of bots and games

      DH is a really forefront and exciting space

    3. Mapping, code, and data collection’, she writes, ‘must be allied to a sense of memory’

      I had never thought of the power of DH in being able to affect such huge change - data drives decisions - and this coupled with creative and informed DH decision and actions has the opportunity to influence and design monumental effect.

    4. then DH has a public and transformative role to play.

      I completely agree with this

    5. DH accomplishments look magical

      This is a powerful message on the strength of DH and begins the discussion of the huge benefits that DH as a movement can contribute to humanity....

    6. that explains all our human striving toward a label for the Anthropocene

      As a race we are always looking to put labels and descriptions on movements, themes ect.....is this always necessary?

    7. This project supports the genetic engineering of endangered species (altering them physically to become more resilient in the Anthropocene) and the cloning and wholesale re-creation of extinct ones—passenger pigeons, wooly mammoths—work that founder Stewart Brand promotes as ‘genetic rescue’

      Genetic rescuing! Wow this opens up a debate on the risks and benefits o the experimental use of animals; risks of creating new diseases - for which there is no treatment - by combining animal DNA or human DNA with plant DNA; the potential long term risks to the environment ; the potential for increased suffering of transgenic organisms......there are both moral and legal implications around genetic engineering....

    8. ‘science has no mourning rituals,

      based on the premise that science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment I concur with this point

    9. show how comfortably the concept of resilience—of bouncing back, of being flexible and adaptable as a measure not just of ecological fitness, but of a kind of ‘moral worthiness’—has aligned with ‘the ideals of neoliberalism:’ constant volatility, strategic dynamism, deregulation, and the consequent ‘dismantling of environmental and social welfare programs’ (O’Brien, 2013, p. 5). Today, we seek resilient cities, resilient infrastructure, resilient employees. It’s a seductive term.

      I think this concept of being resilient is a possible solution to the cusp of the end of the world - by its very definition - being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions - would serve the concept of a possible solution to the Anthropocene era

    10. when he tells us that hope lies in putting as much care into the stewardship of our disquieting tech as we put into its creation—

      I think this point on technology is prudent and valid - often stewardship gets pushed aside after creation

    11. drop all pretense about the perfectibility of our technologies and our capacity to stave off disaster, and instead use their craft to help audiences come to terms with the ‘unraveling … of the world’

      Uncivilisation unmasks and asks pertinent questions relating to the present - but again - coming to terms with the 'unravelling of the world' is not offering solutions to the problems being dicussed

    12. ‘What comes after the end of the world?’

      If the world has ended....do we need to care?

    13. ed a puckishly provocative optimism in everything they do

      I think there is room in the world for pukishly proactive optimism - the fact is optimism creates opportunity in my opinion and pessimism kills it - its rather a good argument in the context of this article as, and research has found that seeing the glass half full not only makes you happier, it makes you healthier and wealthier and expecting good things to happen will lead to taking actions that produce positive results - this can only be perceived to be part of a solution to the premise that we are on the cusp of mass extinction....

    14. In fact, members of the Long Now would have me say that it was founded in the year 01996, a way of writing dates that presently accommodates a further 97,985 years. To put this into perspective—50,000 years before the Long Now runs out of digits, Niagara Falls will have eroded its remaining 32 kilometers to Lake Erie

      OK, I am truly stunned that these trains of thought are out there and that I was unaware of any of their thoughts, learning's or hypotheses.....

    15. ‘Perhaps the most difficult, and at the same time the most interesting, problem that arises … is the relation between Man's psychology and his geological activities. His most profound interferences with Nature have their origin in his thoughts’

      I am getting frustrated at the presentation of the information surrounding the problems that these historical academics wrote about....but there doesn't seem to be actionable solutions or suggestions of change

    16. The Earth as Modified by Human Action

      This evidence that we are fundamentally altering the earth has been recorded as early as 1864.....but offers no solutions of advice on slowing down this journey into the abyss!

    17. One point of disagreement and discussion rests in where, exactly, far-future geologists and alien paleontologists might drive the Anthropocenic delimiter—a marker that, for rockhounds of our day, is a literal ‘Golden Spike’.3 Will they detect the startling isotopic signature of 20th century atomic bombs, evident in all our teeth and bones? Will they note chemical and mineral traces—acid and soot—or coal miners’ physical perturbations of the earth dating to the Industrial Revolution? Or will the Anthropocene begin in the microscopic fossil record of the spread of agriculture, some 8–100,000 years ago? Who knows? It’s all the blink of an eye, and we’ll be long gone.

      I really like this viewpoint "driving the anthropocenic delimiter" but there is no truer statement that it's all in the blink of an eye, and we'll be long gone!

    18. In fact, an alternate form of the word—Anthropocene—coined by the biologist Eugene Stoermer in the 1980s, won out, having been popularized through the early 2000s by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen

      Everything by virtue must be named....

    19. Can DH develop a practical ethics of resilience and repair? Can it become more humane while working at inhuman scales? Can we resist narratives of progress, and still progress?

      I certainly believe that there is room for all solutions of the Anthropocene and specifically we should not see DH as the one stop solution - - but working in tandem with partnerships in how best to address the issues and problems

    20. Can it speak to us as technologists, developers, and specialists in method and form; as researchers, administrators, students, and shapers and makers of all kinds?

      Based on the old premise that Knowledge is power!!

    21. Does it reflect the managerial and problem-solving character of our 21st-century institutions? Is it about preservation, conservation, and recovery—or about understanding ephemerality and embracing change? Does our work help us to appreciate, memorialize, and mourn the things we’ve lost?

      These questions are thought provoking in the sense that looking at DH as part of the solution is, I think, outside the box thinking in relation to the genre....

    22. we live at the cusp of a mass extinction.

      Interestingly, this is possible the 6th time that Earth is on the cusp of mass extinction... http://www.businessinsider.com/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-is-already-happening-2014-7?IR=T