"A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift"

Jul 8, 2015

On this edition of ST, an interesting, big-ideas-driven conversation with Dr. Jim Norwine, the Regents Professor Emeritus of Geography at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Norwine is the editor of a textbook called "A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift" from Springer Publishers. It's a collection of essays that's described like so at the Springer website: "An international team of environmental and social scientists explain two powerful current change-engines and how their effects, and our responses to them, will transform Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century.... This book begins by detailing the current state of knowledge about these two ongoing, accelerating, and potentially world-transforming changes: climate change, in the form of global warming, and a profound emerging shift of [thought] toward the assumptions and values often associated with...postmodernity, such as tolerance, diversity, self-referentiality, and dubiety replaced with certainty. Next, the [book's] contributors imagine, explain, and debate the most likely consequent transformations of human and natural ecologies and economies that will take place by the end of the 21st century.... 'A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift' presents a one-of-a-kind vision of our current age as a 'hinge' or axial century, one driven by the most radical combined change of nature and culture since the rise of agriculture at the end of the last Ice Age some 10 millennia ago...."