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]