ANT110 Dec.3rd Review
-What is Nature?
-there are many different definitions of nature.
-based on Maria Kaika's ideas:
Nature isn’t a self-evident category. It's "discursively constructed," which in plain
language means it can adopt different roles and meanings in our lives. Although
"nature" can play many "parts", it has some characteristic roles.
-The Four Questions
-Which "scripts" (interpretations) come to dominate our understandings of Nature?
-Which "scripts" challenge dominant understandings of Nature?
-Where can we see Nature-scripts being played out?
-What are the implications (consequences) of different kinds of Nature-scripts?
-*The way we think and define ourselves determines our actions; Everything
-What are some consequences of our thinking?
-BP Oil Spill: the largest accidental oil spill in history; April.20th, 2010
-this accident demonstrates our brain framework as that if anything disastrous
happens, we can just come up with new technologies to fix the bad consequences.
-Hannah Fraser: a mermaid model who poses as a marine protection activist
-Air Quality: air condition in urban cities in China and Ontario
-*NASA's Picture of the Earth: the rotated one gives the impression of the northern
orientation, which indicates hieratical race/country/wealth order; it also suggests
that earth is the centre of the universe - it's on top of the moon
-However, the original one taken from side-ways is a bit disturbing and
uncomfortable; it suggests emotion and the sense of nature? It seems that the
photographer is floating, unstrained from gravity, typical frameworks, and
traditional ideas (orders, rules).
-"Modernity is often defined in terms of humanism. Either as a way of saluting the birth
of 'man' or as a way of announcing his death. But this habit itself is modern, be