Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring is here! Pictures from this Sunday on the Cabin John Creek Trail:

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Progress Toward Perfection: Darwin’s Vision of Futurity

Few theoretical texts have cast temporality in such bewildering terms, especially for their period, as Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. In Darwinian terms, the past persists quite tangibly in the present, since all living beings—“all the living forms of … Continue reading

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“To remember forever to forget…”

The structure of “Into Eternity” was the particularly interesting to me. The video alternates between an intellectual, distant,  scientific conversation about a future people and an intimate personal address to that future that humanizes history. It made me uneasy that … Continue reading

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Cave of Eternity

Into Eternity complements Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) quite spectacularly. They are almost sequels or mirrors of each other, one reaching into the remote past, the other into the unfathomable future. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a documentary … Continue reading

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“And We Consider Ourselves a Very Potent Civilization”

I watched The Big Short shortly after reading Elizabeth Grosz’s The Nick of Time. With that movie, as well as Into Eternity, in mind, I was particularly fascinated by Grosz’s discussion of cultural evolution in terms of (or contradicting the … Continue reading

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Do you trust the future generation?

I have a friend majoring in Nuclear Engineering, and we discussed the nuclear problems for several times. She once told me in a course of radiation protection, the class were asked to design a permanent sign to warn the civilized … Continue reading

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Metaphors, Language, and Feelings

In Into Eternity, I sensed that the documentary spent the most time thinking about how the creatures/humans/others 100,000 years from now would react to Onkalo. This thought-experiment involved several analogies. At one point, an expert suggests that we are to … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Time

While I’ve never read On the Origin of Species before, Darwin and I are pretty good friends. Every class I took as an undergrad somehow involved a lecture about Darwin’s theory of evolution and the part of his life that led … Continue reading

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Hiding from Dying

I didn’t find Into Eternity to be that difficult to understand, despite its unusual accents and French subtitling. The gist of the movie was that nuclear waste must be disposed of in a way that will contain it for 100,000 … Continue reading

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Fathom: The Preservation of Favoured Traces

Ben Fry’s project: On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Traces, color codes the final edition of Darwin’s The Origin of Species, mapping out it’s changes with each of Darwin’s six revisions. Fry’s explanation of the project argues that … Continue reading

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