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Next nature and the curse of oil

The Next Nature network is admirably raising awareness of the fact that our received and even critical understanding of nature as something opposed and underlying culture (“old nature”) is outdated – if it ever has been valid. Following this, the project wants to take the insight further by insisting that because nature has always been cultural, the next step is to embrace and celebrate how cultural artifacts are (and always have been) escaping control, becoming autonomous, and thereby forming the eponymous “next nature”.

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  1. Thank you very much for this very insightful text. It alone is a reason to learn Finnish to be capable of reading your other work.

    Is Next Nature not a handy excuse by humans to get rid of our responsibility for the WHOLE ? Is it not easy to shut our eyes and say: Oh, our technology is out of control, no problem, so now it has become natural …

    Greetings from Germany
    Guido Vobig

    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:01 am | Permalink

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