Here is a story about how there is supposedly a new bio-geological age now replacing the so called Holocene. But if ‘Anthropocene‘ means a period when human activity has drastically altered nature, it began 50,000 years ago, when the first humans arrived in Australia, and shortly afterwards the large marsupial mammals – the equivalents of lions and tigers and bears and all that – went extinct. It spread to North America less than 40,000 years later; when humans arrived in North America there was a great extinction of large mammals. So I think we have some nerve saying that radical human alteration of the environment is some recent thing.
We live in a time when the classical Protestant church [and, less openly, the Catholics and Orthodox] is often divided over political issues – especially over the character of the current President of the United States. We have Trumpite churches […]
Most people think an umlaut is the two dots over a letter that you often see in German and some other languages. A number of Anglophone rock bands have decorated their names with ‘metal umlauts’, not affecting the pronunciation, in […]
Since Czechoslovakia divided into two countries in 1992, the western part has internationally been called the Czech Republic. More recently it has tried to call itself Czechia. I can think of a better alternative. For one thing, Czechia is hard […]