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Why we need to rethink climate change: Timothy Morton – books podcast- The Guardian
Released Feb 13, 2018
When you first hear some of philosopher Timothy Morton’s ideas, they may sound bizarre. He argues that everything in the universe – from algae and rocks to knives and forks – has a kind of consciousness. That we need to scrap the concept of “nature” as being distinct to civilisation. And, he says, we’re ruled by a kind of primitive artificial intelligence: industrial capitalism.
These ideas may sound strange, but sit down with Timothy for five minutes and they start to make sense. His latest book, Being Ecological, explores the relationship between humanity and the environment and why the world’s current approach to climate change isn’t working. We don’t need endless “factoids” or “guilt-inducing sermons”, he says, we need to radically change how we think about nature – and stop distinguishing between humans and non-human beings.
Timothy sat down with Sian in the studio and talked about what a human can do on an individual level to tackle global warming, his work with Björk and how pop culture can help in philosophical conversation.
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