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Who is ultimately in charge?

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Sophie Swetz

Is outer space better off remaining a mystery?

Two things come to my mind when considering space exploration: Neil Armstrong triumphantly taking man’s first steps on the moon and the mars rover cruising over the planet’s red earth. While the former has probably left a greater cultural impact… Continue Reading →

Self Control

Plastic surgery became extremely popular at the beginning of the new millennium. Popular culture glamorized the gruesome process in such a way that it became appealing to many people across the country. In many advertisements seen in the lecture, plastic… Continue Reading →

Anthropocentrism

This week’s lecture brought up some especially important things to consider regarding the anthropocene. It was interesting to think about how humans frequently consider themselves the center of cosmic drama when, in fact, we are not. It is this belief… Continue Reading →

Rethinking Nature

In this week’s lecture, Cavatora explained the importance of nature in the Italian neo avant-garde literary movement. Previously, imagery and metaphor in Italian poetry had not focused on nature nearly as much as they did during the 1960s movement. Neo… Continue Reading →

Dominating the natural world

This lecture shed light on the numerous ways in which humans have attempted to dominate nature. Since ancient times, humans have engaged in hunting, for example, and still do today. Such an endeavor functions as a form of dominion over… Continue Reading →

Human nature in a mask

Charles Traub’s street portrait work seemed to attempt to capture human nature in a photograph. By finding people in their own “natural habitat”–in public, not any sort of private studio–he was able to create a true portrait of the individual…. Continue Reading →

Advancing towards the future

It seems that man has always wondered about what the future holds. Even today, we look forward with curiosity regarding what is to come. So, what does the future entail? War, the reinvention of nature, and the absence of pasta,… Continue Reading →

What would life be without the fridge?

In all honesty, I really cannot imagine how different my life would be without the invention of the refrigerator. What should certainly be considered a modern marvel has become so commonplace that its presence in our kitchens, dorm rooms, convenience… Continue Reading →

Nature, Art, and Science

The concept of mimesis provides a fascinating context from which to examine the relationship between nature and art. Nature–that which is found in the natural world–is inextricably related to art (artifice)–that which is artificial or man-made–in that art is certainly… Continue Reading →

Defining the beginning of the Anthropocene

When considering the possibility of a new epoch in the geologic timescale of the earth, it is both important yet challenging to attempt to determine when this new epoch began. The beginning of the Anthropocene, as it is known, could… Continue Reading →

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