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From Protolanguage to Language

Derek Bickerton

in The Speciation of Modern Homo Sapiens

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263112
eISBN:
9780191734885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263112.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter discusses the singularity of human language. Although evolution is normally conceived of as a gradual process, it can produce an appearance of catastrophism where functions change or ... More


Walter Benjamin on Radio: Catastrophe for Children

Lecia Rosenthal

in Mourning Modernism: Literature, Catastrophe, and the Politics of Consolation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823233977
eISBN:
9780823241200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233977.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Walter Benjamin ended his life in the peculiar and inevitably disturbing death-event called suicide, the same as Virginia Woolf. We might speculate that the scenes of authorial death have played no ... More


Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński: A Poet-Hero

Joanna Rostropowicz Clark

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13: Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774600
eISBN:
9781800340701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński. Before the cycle of the trauma of the Nazi occupation's horror, already in the spring of 1941 Baczyński had written a few remarkable poems ... More


Conclusion

John M. Meyer

in Engaging the Everyday: Environmental Social Criticism and the Resonance Dilemma

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028905
eISBN:
9780262327107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028905.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Familiar tropes within environmental argument alternate between the pessimism of narratives focused on catastrophism and the optimism of so-called “eco-modernism.” The former relies upon crisis to ... More


From Natural History to History of Nature: From Buffon to Kant and Herder (and Blumenbach)

John H. Zammito

in The Gestation of German Biology: Philosophy and Physiology from Stahl to Schelling

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226520797
eISBN:
9780226520827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226520827.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The historicization of nature emerged across the eighteenth century first in the development of historical geology and then in the historicization of life forms. Fossils and their stratification and ... More


Blumenbach, Kant, and the “Daring Adventure” of an “Archaeology of Nature”

John H. Zammito

in The Gestation of German Biology: Philosophy and Physiology from Stahl to Schelling

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226520797
eISBN:
9780226520827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226520827.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Blumenbach’s research in the 1780s and 90s concentrated on the historicization of nature, particularly the question of paleontology. He embraced the idea of mass extinctions based on a ... More


The Meaning of Extinction: Catastrophe, Equilibrium, and Diversity

David Sepkoski

in Catastrophic Thinking: Extinction and the Value of Diversity from Darwin to the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226348612
eISBN:
9780226354613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226354613.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter begins the story by exploring how the idea of extinction emerged as a biological concept in the nineteenth century. Despite the current ubiquity of the term, extinction challenged ... More


The Unseasonable Grooviness of Immanuel Velikovsky

Michael D. Gordin

in Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226372884
eISBN:
9780226373072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226373072.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The debate over the cosmic catastrophism of Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979), expressed most fully in his wildly best-selling Worlds in Collision, was one of the most visible, most protracted, and ... More


The History of These Sublime Cordilleras: Geology, Prehistory, and History

Nancy P. Appelbaum

in Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469627441
eISBN:
9781469627465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627441.003.0008
Subject:
History, Latin American History

The seventh chapter considers how the commissioners and their contemporaries—particularly Joaquín Acosta—read the natural and human history that they saw written on the mountainous landscapes of New ... More


Death Star or Coherent Catastrophism?

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0014
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

Our instinct for survival drives us to learn as much as possible about what goes on around us. The better we understand nature, the better we will be able to predict its vagaries so as to avoid ... More


Our Place in Space

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0021
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

Finding asteroids and comets that may someday slam into our planet is the first step. What do we do then? This question is being given a whole lot of attention. In early 1993 NASA and the U.S. ... More


The Birth of the Earth

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

As we apprehend the likelihood of an almost inconceivable cosmic impact occurring again at some time in the future, it is worth considering how we got to be here in the first place. The quest for ... More


Two Visions of the Earth

Naomi Oreskes

in The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195117325
eISBN:
9780197561188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195117325.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geology and the Lithosphere

Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of modern geology. This theory, which holds that the major features of the earth’s surface are created by horizontal motions of the continents, has been ... More


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