Reading Notes 
Shannon Mattern’s, ‘Extract And Preserve’.
Shannon Mattern, ‘Extract And Preserve Underground Repositories for a Posthuman Future?’, New Geographies, 09: Posthuman, eds. Mariano Gomez-Luque and Ghazal Jafari, (2017), 54-61. Library Stack Online [accessed 29 Nov.21]. 

This short article extends my posthuman thinking by considering the intricate relationship between earth’s resources and today’s digital and techno-sphere: - the geographies of extraction and conflict are reborn as sites of cultural preservation - recognising the precarity of the digital record – continually needing to be backed-up and migrated as new systems evolve - the cloud hangs low over the landscape
Marshalling the forces of climate-controlled geology to save vulnerable, unstable media from degradation. Shielding it from external threads such as nuclear annihilation, litigation, and climate devastation.
Subtropolis – manufactured [un]climates with artificial light and ventilation. Safe, secure, stable subterranean bunkers housing the most valued of our culture (data, cultural artefacts, and media). Here, temporality is reshaped to extend ‘the history of humankind’. This is a capitalist survival machine vs external climates and threats. Disaster preparedness. An Ark.
Where / how does sovereignty reign in Subtropolis? Who decides on the history of humankind?
Timothy Morton’s 'Humankind: Solidarity with Non-human People', 2017
- in which Morton asks the question ‘what is the pronoun of our ecological selves?’.
We are we/they. What else could we be?
Dipesh Chackrabaty's Introduction: Intimations of the Planetary. From the book The Climate of History in a Planetary Age. University of Chicago Press, 2021 [accessed 19 Dec.21]


Spinoza to Henry Oldenburg (1675)

For my part, these troubles move me neither to laughter nor again to tears, but rather to philosophizing, and to closer observation of human nature. For I do not think it right to laugh at nature and far less to grieve over it, reflecting that men, like all else, are only a part of nature, and that I do not know how each part of nature harmonises with the whole, and now it coheres with other parts.

Key QUESTION from Chakrabarty
What are the implications of the science of climate change and earth systems science for humanists who are interested in thinking about the historical time through which we are passing?

(Science…is indisputably enmeshed in the politics of class, gender, race, economic regimes, and scientific institutions. – therefore, the concerns about the actual power and authority particular scientists may exercise in particular historical contexts are entirely legitimate. Is this true? 

Key reminders
- The global world remains undeniably uneven.
- Whether or not academics agree to formalise the label, Anthropocene, or not is not important. What is important is that it signifies – the extent and duration of our species’ modification of earth’s geology, chemistry, and biology.
 - NB useful to have two-way practical translations in places between the local (local knowledge, customs, traditions, practices) and a science that is planetary in scope. The local in itself would never have given us any understanding of the roles that parts of the world sparsely or not at all inhabited by humans, oceans, permafrost, play in the process that determine cooling or warming of the whole planet.
Such a considerable geomorphological and biological role cannot be separated from the history that connects capitalism with global warming. p.18

FC question
One possible issue: the nature/biology of humankind is designed to respond to urgency (limbic system) as it occurs but not on the scales presented with the climate crises. The nature of humankind is 'out-scaled'. 

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