The Human Scaffold: How Not to Design Your Way Out of a Climate Crisis

The Human Scaffold: How Not to Design Your Way Out of a Climate Crisis

by Josh Berson

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Overview

Humanity has precipitated a planetary crisis of resource consumption—a crisis of stuff. So ingrained is our stuff-centric view that we can barely imagine a way out beyond substituting a new portmanteau of material things for the one we have today.

In The Human Scaffold, anthropologist Josh Berson offers a new theory of adaptation to environmental change. Drawing on niche construction, evolutionary game theory, and the enactive view of cognition, Berson considers cases in the archaeology of adaptation in which technology in the conventional sense was virtually absent. Far from representing anomalies, these cases exemplify an enduring feature of human behavior that has implications for our own fate.

The time has come to ask what the environmental crisis demands of us not as consumers but as biological beings. The Human Scaffold offers a starting point.


 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520380493
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/23/2021
Series: Great Transformations , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 748,283
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josh Berson has held appointments at two Max Planck Institutes—Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and the History of Science—and at the Berggruen Institute, where he was inaugural USC Berggruen Fellow in the Transformations of the Human. He is the author of The Meat Question: Animals, Humans, and the Deep History of Food and Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Preface: Living Epiphytically xi

Kansha xxxiii

1 Treadmills 1

2 Scaffolds 30

3 Equilibria 55

4 Landscapes 76

4boro Landscapes and Scaffolds 110

5 Ditch Kit 125

Postscript: Foaminess 155

Glossary 169

Notes 175

Sources 193

Index 209

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