Rethinking My Thinking

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I first heard the term “paradigm shift” in my Environmental Geology class earlier semester regarding the concept of continental drift. Paradigm shifts came up again in Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, in respect to the history of extinctions. Our understanding of history, especially the history of the earth, can be told as a series of these fundamental changes in our underlying assumptions, or paradigm shifts. As Kolbert put it, “Crisis led to insight, and the old framework gave way to a new one” (93). Individuals can experience paradigm shifts in their own thinking as well. Throughout this past semester in Challenges of Modernity, we covered numerous pieces of literature which overall had a profound effect on my thinking. However, the reading which produced the greatest insight for me had to be Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals. Continue reading “Rethinking My Thinking”


Rachel Carson and Unintended Consequences

Our generation is unique. The generations preceding us did not face the challenge of saving the environment, primarily because they did not know it needed saving. From the dawn of the Industrial Revolution until the mid twentieth century, most people believed that we had the capability to control nature. Continue reading “Rachel Carson and Unintended Consequences”