Books et al.Anthropocene

Learning to think long-term

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Science  27 Nov 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6520, pp. 1043
DOI: 10.1126/science.abf2843

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Before we were worried about fossil fuels and plastic pollution, nuclear waste stretched our minds to think about our place in geological time. In Deep Time Reckoning, cultural anthropologist Vincent Ialenti would have us look to the experts charged with finding a final resting place for this waste for inspiration. Rather than allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of humanity's effects on the planet, he proposes that we see nuclear waste storage as he does, as a case study for how to extend our intellects and acquire habits associated with extremely long-term thinking.

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