Media, Money, Machine: Tales of the Anthropocene System

It was the century when Earth’s systems got a complete makeover. And the planet got an expiration date.

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The Anthropocene is a Big Lie

Warming Stripes for GLOBE from 1850–2018

It still spins

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Straightening the Circle

The shift that humans have brought about on this planet was a trully momentous one if you analyse it scientifically. Humans changed how the whole Machine works, turning it from a self-sufficient, self-perpetuating one, to one that gets closer to death with each breath, each spin around its axis. A self-sufficient machine can live forever. A dysfunctioning one gets rustier and rustier with every spin.

Like with smartphones, computers and other devices that are purposely made to breakdown after a few years or months, we condemned Earth to obsolescence.

To relate this back to physics and chemistry, what has happened was the conversion of Earth’s systems from a series of cyclical processes to that of linear ones. Cyclical processes can run forever, into infinity, like a battery that becomes empty and then recharges. Being a chemist, I am aware of how rare, how special cyclical processes are. While linear chemical reactions can take place in a split second, cyclical processes are the definition of immortality and regeneration. Earth was the perfect immortal battery, where with each cycle the entire system was returned to its original state: the seasons, the fruit on the trees, the fish in the ocean. It all returned. Every. Single. Year.

Oops

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The circle turns into a spiral, which is nothing else but a circle on its way to becoming a line.

So many new shapes. Too many to handle.

From Physics to Metaphysics to Mental Physics

There is a new Machine in town, and this one is determined to commit suicide. Once it runs out of substrate and stuff to burn.

to be continued..

Author, podcaster, scientist, documenting our system failure. Photographic Heart, Disposable Earth, Age of Separateness, Becoming Imperfect. tsakraklides.com