Welcome to BOOKHUGGERS Selections 2023
Diane Ackerman's 2014 "The Human Age"
In her own words:
"NASA's "Blue Marble" photograph of Earth from space gave us an eye opening image of the whole planet for the first time. Forty years later, "Black Marble" was equally mind-altering, but in a different way: it introduced us to ourselves. Forging a new geological era, we are an altogether different kind of animal from any the planet has ever known, one able to reinvent itself and its world, and manage to survive, despite more twists and turns in daily life than any creature has ever had to juggle. We inhabit a denser mental world that any of our stout-hearted ancestors. We're in the midst of a majestic Information Age, but also an ingenious sustainability revolution, a deluxe 3D revolution in manufacturing, a spine-tingling revolution in thinking about the body, a scary mass extinction of animals, alarming signs of climate change, and uncanny nanotechnology revolution, industrial-strength add-ons to our senses, a biomimicry revolution-among so many other "new normals" that we sling the phrase daily....Thanks to revelations in neuroscience, genetics, and biology we are bringing the life and times of Homo Sapiens into a much clearer focus. As the "Me" generation gives way to the "We" generation, we're growing more aware of the ties that bind us-even if we're less relaxed in face-to-face encounters....It's time to acknowledge our personality-not just as individuals but as species....We're at a great turning, our own momentous fork in the road, behind us eons of geological history, ahead a mist-laden future and all around us the wonders and uncertainties of the Human Age." Diane Ackerman/Conclusion: Wild Heart, Anthropocene Mind (Revisited)
Diane Ackerman Receives the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication
Yerevan, Armenia, September 2022
At this year’s STARMUS, the foremost international science and art festival, which features world-class scientists, engineers, artists, and astronauts, Diane Ackerman received the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, along with primatologist Jane Goodall, rock legend and astrophysicist Brian May, and the stellar NASA TV and Communications Team.
The Stephen Hawking Medal is awarded to individuals and teams who have made significant contributions in bridging the arts and sciences, and in communicating science to a popular audience. Previous medal winners include Elon Musk, Buzz Aldrin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Eno, and Hans Zimmer.
"The Human Age" The World Shaped by Us
PART I. Welcome to the Anthropocene
PART II. In the House of Stone and Light
PART III. Is Nature "Natural" Anymore?
PART IV. Nature, Pixilated
PART V. Our Bodies, Our Nature
The ANTHROPOCENE EVENT will be declared officially in 2023 after zooming out from the current epoch and the world will face the NEXT EPOCH FOR PLANET EARTH. "It is then that a far more contentious debate about the Anthropocene could begin." (NYT/December 18, 2022)
The rise of the human population exponentially transforms the Earth and Climate Change (fragmented materiality)
Drawing timelines has never been easy. But with the help of scientists and writers like Diane Ackerman, the world will have to understand this new reality and adapt to it with clarity and resolution.
In this landmark book "The Human Age", Diane Ackerman confronts the unprecedented reality that Homo Sapiens are now the dominant force shaping the future of planet earth.