ISSN: 1477965X
First published in 2003
3 issues per volume
Volume 12 Issue 2-3
Cover Date: December 2014
No nature on Spaceship Earth
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Authors:  Benjamin Pothier 
DOI: 10.1386/tear.12.2-3.429_1

technoetic,eNature,Spaceship Earth,hybridations,Anthropocene,digital anthropology,terraforming

As the post-digital organic landscape evolves through the rapid hybridization of ­practices, from genetic engineering to the creative use of nano technologies and syncretic approaches that are made easier by an always growing number of ­planetary connected telematic networks, and as we face, as a species, increasing environmental problems that more and more people and organizations plan to fix through geoengineering and terraforming solutions, the divide between the engineered and the organic tends to blur… At the same time various contemporary intellectual trends and path of research in philosophy, anthropology, or even archeology and geology lead to reconsider the place of human in the Universe, the anthropocentred perspective or even the concept of Nature itself. Be it through concepts as diverse as Next nature, Anthropocene, Spaceship Earth, the Laboratory Planet or symmetrical archeology. Through the democratization of access to various tools like 3D printers, bio experiment kits or free software communities, the number of transdisciplinary experiments and research projects is growing, which by feedback is accelerating the processes of merging between disciplines. Those different factors are accelerating the hybridization of disciplines and intellectual trends the same way the re-engineering of nature from the nano to the geno level are blending the border between natural and artificial. How are those technoetic approaches and their interconnection a game changer of the geo-eco-nano-politico-philosophico-spiritual landscape on Earth in the twenty-first century? I will discuss these questions in this article while showing the differences and similarities between some of the main philosophical concepts that are currently applied to those questions. By recontextualizing those various philosophical approaches maybe we can draw a map of the future evolutions and mutations that will influence learning, research and creativity in the coming years and decades.
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