A Game of Scientific Clue: It's Humans in the Anthropocene with the Water

Mike Agar

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Mike Agar, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Maryland, Research Professor in Biology at the University of New Mexico, and Visiting International Fellow on the Constructed Complexity Project at Surrey University, Guildford, England

The issue of water supply and quality in a time of population growth and climate change is a perfect example of the premise that humans have so impacted the Earth that we have entered a new epoch, which many refer to as the Anthropocene. Drawing on examples from New Mexico in particular and the world in general, in this talk Mike Agar will show humans as both analysts of and change agents for ecosystem problems that they themselves have caused. Agar suggests that the tradition of Enlightenment social science isn't up to the task of understanding and guiding action and that other models of social science are better suited to the task.

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