10/23

Group Post October 23rd, 2018 Danielle D, Danielle G, Meredith, Elsie   How can we stall the inequality that capitalism creates?   A solution we can consider is the option of a robot employee. Artificial intelligence labor could solve issues of overusing resources by simplifying processes as well as help the issue of inequality. The [...]

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imagining frontiers in empirical research / infrastructural development as manifestation of the spatial homogenization and ecological wastage wrought by capitalism

In The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World, Joel Kovel contends that capitalism will inevitably result in ecological collapse, as the realization of the exchange value demands an ever increasing speed at which commodities circulate, eventually imposing a generalized compression of time, and with it, “a homogenization and [...]

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Capitalism, Secularism, and the Environment

Group: Raphael Barnes, Claire Paterson, Jack Plants Basing our theories on American scholar and theorist Joel Kovel’s discussion within The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World (2007)– who posits that “capital’s responsibility for the ecological crisis can be shown empirically” (51)– we suggest that the ultimate human telos [...]

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_October 23   pdf attached above like usual

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capitalism and environmental harm: working towards sustainability, or accelerating self-destruction?

  Group 3 weekly Post: Ousmane, Armando and Oscar Professor's prompt: Through Kovel’s chapter: the machinery of capitalism will inevitably lead to ecological doom. Either counter or defend this position. If you were going to counter this process of ever-expanding capitalism, what would you need? What would you be looking for? What data do you need [...]

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Before We Go: Life In Anticipation of Human Extinction

Les U. Knight opened his introduction of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement’s mission by referring to “the best thing for the earth’s ecosphere.” While speaking so broadly perhaps casts a wide net for support, it also occludes some of the realities that impact earth’s ecosphere and may not easily be addressed through voluntary human extinction. [...]

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The Baby Question

Group Post October 9th Elsie, Meredith, Dani G, Dani D   One aspect of our conversation with Les of VHEMT that I find salient is the notion that not having children is resisting capitalism. One of the big concerns for countries with declining birth rates is how to maintain a working-age population. As workers are [...]

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Group 1’s interview questions of Les Knight from VHEMT

Group 1: Armando Dollero, Ousmane Sow, and Oscar Fossum It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to discuss the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT) with its founder Les Knight. In relation to our texts this week, it was great to have the chance to interview the founder of a movement which uses fears of [...]

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Describing Death: Linguistic Metaphor, Prognostic Truth-Telling, the Dying, and the Deceased [Week 5, The Terminal Stage: Social Deaths]

The concept of a “social death” is intriguing in that it can be understood in at least two distinct ways. On the one hand, it manifests as the literal death of a society. In other words, this sort of death implies mortality on a grand scale– be it through systematic killing, or evolutionary adaptation and/or [...]

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Ice Art, Melting and Mortality

The myth of Sisyphus is an example of philosophy of the absurd, representing the futility of life that is spent searching for meaning and clarity in a nonsensical world with no universal truths or values. In the Greek myth, Sisyphus is forced to spent his whole life and all of eternity performing the meaningless and [...]

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