Lg2S #3 - Rheams on Ecology, Technology and Expectations

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  • Song Name: Lg2S-03-Rheams_on_Ecology_Technology_and_Expectations
  • Artist: AK5A
  • Album: Let's go to Space
  • Year: 2014

AK5A talks with David Rheams about Ecology, the limits to our ecological knowledge in light of current technology and discourse and our expectations and understanding that result.

David is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University.

Correction: David refers to Skinner in reference to the idea of “small is beautiful”, he wrote to us to say he should have said “Schumacher”.

Works Cited:

- Andrew Ross, Bird on Fire : Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City (Oxford ;New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
- John Bellamy Foster, Marx’s Ecology : Materialism and Nature (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2000).
- John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York, The Ecological Rift : Capitalism’s War on the Earth (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010).
- Marx, Karl. Capital : A Critique of Political Economy. Edited by Mendel. London; New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books in association with New Left Review, 1981.
- Marx, Karl. “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.” In The Marx-Engels Reader, edited by Robert C. Tucker. 2d ed. New York: Norton, 1978.
- Malthus, Thomas. An Essay on the Principle of Population. Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project, 1798. (PDF).
- E. F Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered (New York, N.Y: Harper Perennial, 2010).


Other References:

New York Subway Map:

- http://www.mta.info/maps/submap.html

Drought map:

- Texas Drought Map
- from David: “There are many of these – hopefully I wasn’t coming across as critical of them – rather I was trying to use it as an example.”

Hockey Stick Graph:

- Wikipedia: Hock Stick Controversy
- The Atlantic: “The Hockety Stick: the Most Controversial Chart in Science Explained”
- Michael E Mann, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, 2014.

Critiquing TED:

- from The Guardian: “We Need to Talk About TED”
- from Salon: “TED Talks are Lying to You”

Spaceship Earth:

- Not just a totally creepy ride at the Epcot Center: Wikipedia
- Fuller, R. Buckminster. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2008.