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Center Faculty at Santa Fe Institute Discussing "The Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene"

October 19, 2017

The Anthropocene, a new epoch in earth history, reflects the unprecendented ways in which one species - Homo sapiens - has shaped our planet. To many, the Anthropocene began with the Great Acceleration, a period of exponential growth in just about any measurable parameter from population size to energy consumption to the number of new chemicals introduced into the biosphere and patents registered. 

But what enabled our species to have such influence? What co-evolutionary and historical processes led to the Anthropocene? Does the Anthropocene represent a phase transition within the coupled natural-social-cultural-technological systems? And what is the future of the Anthropocene?

In a recent Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Community Lecture, part of the InterPlanetary Project, a panel of historians, biologists, earth scientists, and artists explored this unique moment in our planet's history, its past, and its future. The panel, which featured Sander van der Leeuw (ASU), Geoffrey West (SFI), and recording artist and investor D.A. Wallach, was moderated by Center for Biology and Society Professor and SFI External Professor Manfred Laubichler. Laubichler also directs the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems.

A video of the panel is available on the Santa Fe Institute‚Äôs YouTube webpage and an interview with Laubichler can be found here.  

ASU Now also featured this groundbreaking panel in a recent story.

More Information: Manfred Laubichler (manfred.laubichler@asu.edu)


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