Blog Post: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse – Caroline Hamlin

February 7, 2018

The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse by Pascal Bruckner talked about how the planet is sick and human being are going to have to pay. Offering a ‘take no prisoners’  attack on what he terms the “ecology of disaster” (p.184), Bruckner argues that the dominant theme of contemporary environmentalist discourse has become that of an inescapable environmental catastrophe with a central aim to instill fear into the public. As the fear of communism has collapsed, we have become the enemy of nature.

I personally was not interested in his style of writing and how he had presented his theory. He was very pessimistic however, he had developed a democratic and generous ecology that addresses specific problems in a practical way.

Fanatacism of the apocalypse (Blog)

February 7, 2018

Pascal Bruckner’s “The Fanaticism of the apocalypse” is a very different book from the other books we have read for this class. Without trying to sound biased or hateful, I think it has a very distinct perspective and not a lot of people are going to necessarily like what Buckner has to say in the book. Buckner is an essayist and a philosopher based in France so when he talks about ecologism and touches on topics like climate change, it is and will be more appreciated by climate change deniers and by people who are reluctant to make compromises/adjustments in their lives for the sake of the environment. This book is written with a focus on deep philosophical thoughts rather than on scientific facts which I personally don’t appreciate but at the same time can understand. Buckner presses on key issues in the modern-day world and a lot of it is interesting to read and gives you a significant amount of food for thought. However, there is just so much in this book that I can’t ignore and have to accept for how it is written. To conclude, I think this book is written to attract a particular audience and I might not be a part of that audience.

Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

February 7, 2018

The level to which the author knew and had researched this subject was by far apparent within the text’s first few pages. Although I do not agree with all of the writer’s logic I am quite fond of this book. It may seem odd to say this, but I liked it because I learned about the opposing sides perspective. There was a lot of great information from a large number of varying sources. One of his key concepts (with which I do agree) is fear is a highly effective catalyst for attracting followers. The continual worry of the future is capable of condemning hope, which he argues is its sole effect whereas I believe it can also instill motivation for those with hopeful perspective.

I am still a little fuzzy on his definition of ecologism and other terms like progressivism, but I enjoyed and appreciated the reading.

The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

February 7, 2018

The novel The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse was very interesting to me because it hit on key facts that’s actually occurring in today’s present day and age. Pascal Bruckner follows the historical backdrop of whole-world destroying thinking to current themes like global warming. Bruckner shows us how using the threat of an apocalypse has throughout history been a means to control the population and its thinking.

A couple of quotes I pulled from the reading showed us how Buckner felt in a sympathetic tone, however I could also see it as being sarcasm, for example “The bigots want mad laughter and gaiety to mask the ascetic plague they are propagating” (p.146) or “The ultimate end is the slow extinction of the human race, an invasive species that should be shrunk to the size of a pin (p.154). All in all i believe this was a very well written book that  was viewed from a different perspective.

Blog post 2/7/18 Graham Cote

February 7, 2018

Bruckner’s view on the environment and the issues we are facing as a world is certainly an interesting one to say the least. In a small sense I do agree with his sentiment that humans are destroying the only world we have to live on. At this point it is nearly impossible to ignore the symptoms of climate change, and those who flat out deny it are simply wrong, while corporations and governments who do little to remedy their waste and pollution are an emblem of the greed and ignorance that was highlighted by Abbey in Desert Solitaire. Where Bruckner goes wrong, however, is his indictment of human beings as a whole. This pessimistic worldview can only serve to further the issues we are facing today and will continue to face in the future, adding fuel to the arguments of climate change deniers, or pushing people to simply submit themselves to the idea that we are going to destroy the world and there is nothing we can do about it. I believe, if Bruckner truly cared about the environment, he would push for solutions to these issues.

This article describes the plight of hedgehogs in the United Kingdom, where their numbers are down by 50 percent since the turn of the century. While, in fact, numbers may have risen in more urban areas, their numbers have declined sharply in rural areas. This is attributed to larger fields for crops, and the reliance on one crop systems, encouraging the destruction of hedgehog habitat.

Lucas: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

February 7, 2018

“Man, seek no longer the cause of the evil; you yourself is the cause. There is no evil other than the evil you do or suffer, and both of them come from you.”

“…we passed from  the age of revolutions to the ‘age of catastrophes’.”

In essence we, humans, screwed up big time and destroyed our planet. We continue to destroy it even knowing that we are destroying it, kind of. Some people deny or don’t believe in our demise. Some believe in life after death. Personally I don’t, but on kind of a different note it was really weird to read about how we have two deaths that don’t aline. Like what the hell is that. The idea of fearing now to fear less in the future is something I thought about for awhile. Its really hard to have a legitimate fear of something that can’t necessarily be seen. Some where in the book it talks about we don’t fear death until we have near death experiences. Thats when you’ve never felt so alive yet so close to death. Its a-specially hard for us because we lived a pampered life in a very developed country. I bet if we took skeptics and put them in the shit, area climate change has affected, then their perspective on things will change. At least I hope it would. I hate being a part of the problem, but I didn’t really have a choice did I? We can all thank our ancestors, going back all the way back to the stone ages where the first tool was invented, putting us in this situation nearing catastrophe.

Project Progress, and Environmental Concerns and Interests

February 7, 2018

Project Progress:

I am still reading through the paper I posted last week!

Sidhu HS, Nelson MI, Luangwilai T, Chen XD. Chemical Product and Process Modeling. 2007, Vol. 2, Iss. 2, 1070.

Environmental Concerns and Interests:

1. Scaling back of Utah’s National Monuments

The Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments of arid Southern Utah are being scaled back. The number of acres for both is going to shrink close to 900,000.

2. Models for Ecosystems Research

While searching through the EPA’s website in the hopes of finding current information on recent environmental happenings I stumbled upon some computational programs that the EPA is using to do ecosystems research. There are 10 softwares listed and under each is a detailed description of their development, how they work, and how they are being used!

3. EPA Grant for Iowa State University

On Jan. 4 the EPA awarded $760,000 to Iowa State University toward research on improving water quality by reducing the amount of harmful algal blooms, which are comprised of algae and cyanobacteria that produce environmental toxins!