Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Revisiting The Anthropocene

See previous references here (scroll down). Poul Anderson refers to the Paleotechnic.

"Officially, we live in the Holocene epoch. Yet it may be better to call the last 70,000 years the Anthropocene epoch: the epoch of humanity. For during these millennia Home Sapiens became the single most important agent of change in the global ecology."
-Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (London, 2017), Chapter 2, p. 84.

So does the Anthropocene date from 70,000 years ago or from 1945 (see image)? Nothing more clearly indicates a period of change than a disagreement even about the length of the period.

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