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By John David Ebert

Failures, either typical and man-made, are at the upward thrust. certainly, a disaster of 1 kind or one other turns out continuously to be unfolding someplace on this planet. we've got entered right into a veritable Age of Catastrophes that have grown either higher and extra complicated and now typically very frequent in scope. The previous days of the geographically remoted commercial injuries, of the sinking of a immense or the explosion of a Hindenburg, including their remoted motives and constrained results, are over. Now, mess ups at the scale of storm Katrina, the BP oil spill or the Japan tsunami and nuclear reactor coincidence, threaten to engulf huge swaths of civilization. This e-book analyzes the efforts of Westerners to maintain the catastrophes open air, whereas preserving order at the within society. those efforts are breaking down. Nature and Civilization became so intertwined they could not be separated. average failures, furthermore, have gotten an increasing number of tricky to distinguish from "man-made."

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Such is also illustrated by the AUM Shinrikyo subway attacks in Tokyo in 1995 although, unlike Columbine, those attacks were not generated out of a suburban semiotic vacancy, but rather out of a semiotic collision between two mutually incompatible modes of human being-in-the-world: existing, that is, either as a sign-circulating global consumer or as an ecstatic, symbol-constructing animal. ( Just as photosynthetic cyanobacteria produced the oxygenated atmosphere as a by-product of their metabolism, so too, the human animal produces a symbol world as a by-product of his Existenz).

In the ancient cosmology of the concentric spheres surrounding the earth, the higher you went, the lighter and more luminous — the closer to God — became the beings inhabiting those realms. Dante, on his ascent through these outer spheres, encounters saints and eventually angels of ever more and more refined spiritual substance. In our technological recreation of this cosmosphere, on the other hand, the higher one goes, the faster the body moves as it drifts away from the earth, now defined as the realm of slow moving entities damned to mere biological locomotion.

The collision, then, of this mobile city with a piece of Greenland ice seems — strangely enough — to be an allegorical foreshadowing of our current climatological situation, for the collision of industrial civilization with the earth’s geo- and biospheres is now resulting in a particular anxiety on the part of our climate scientists regarding the fate of the Greenland ice sheet. That ice sheet is melting at an alarmingly fast rate and our climate scientists now point out that if carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reach 500 parts per million — which they are scheduled to do by about 2050 (currently they are at about 392 ppm)7— then this will soon drag the earth’s global mean temperature up to about a 3 degree increase, an amount sufficient to tip the Greeland ice sheet into an irreversible cat25 Part I: Disasters of Paleomodernity astrophic process of melting.

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