Anthropocene: The Age of Man


The scars of human progress.
The scars of human progress.
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When viewed from the standpoint of geologic time, what is humanity's ultimate contribution to the planet?

As destructive and game-changing as the cataclysmic events separating whole epochs, have we ushered in an Age of Man with our agriculture, industrialism and war? What was the world like before our steam-powered industrial ascension?

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I ask hard questions about humanity's relationship with planet Earth. Will we continue to remake the world as we see fit, or will we become true stewards of the planet?

STREAM THE EPISODE RIGHT HERE: [audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/sciencelab/2012-11-06-stbym-anthropocene-age-of-man.mp3]

And if you're not feeling depressed enough at the end of that, go ahead and listen to Ministry's "Isle of Man" for a nice thematic tie-in: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoXG-zyN9Qw?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.