Book Reviews — Environment

Book Review: The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene by Oswald J. Schmitz

The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene by Oswald J. Schmitz. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

Perhaps it is because Paul J. Crutzen and Oswald J. Schmitz, the author of The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene, come from different backgrounds that there is a noteworthy difference in how each embraces the term Anthropocene. Schmitz’s emphasis in The New Ecology is on optimism despite what many see as a global environmental crisis. l epoch – the Anthropocene – should be officially declared.…

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Book Review: Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa Sideris

Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa Sideris. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa Sideris, is a rewarding read. She introduces pointed questions to guide her study. I was particularly impressed with her nuanced evaluation of the new cosmologies that claim to bring science and spirituality together. In addition, the author’s erudite discussion stands out as a refreshing example of why the kind of critical thinking encouraged by the humanities has value. 

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