Charles Wohlforth: Are we humans destined to behave like the selfish hermit crab?

2011-04-28 by

In this excerpt from an interview with “The Fate of Nature” author Charles Wohlforth, Charles begins by reading a passage from his book about his young daughter’s observations of the never-satisfied hermit crab. Is that our human destiny, to scramble mindlessly after a better shell (job, car, house, spouse) until we’ve exhausted all resources? Wohlforth finds evidence of different, more cooperative, human behavior that might mean we won’t squander our long-term existence in pursuit of short-term pleasure and satisfaction.

Wohlforth is a plenary speaker at Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, 2011. His talk is Friday, May 6 at 10:45 a.m. in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded April 27, 2011.

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Classrooms for Climate
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'The Fate of Nature'

Terry Tempest Williams, Kathleen Dean Moore and Charles Wohlforth discuss higher education's responsibility to address climate change

2010-09-14 by News, Sports, and Art

In this one-hour panel and audience Q and A, noted authors Terry Tempest Williams from the University of Utah, Kathleen Dean Moore from Oregon State University and Alaska writer Charles Wohlforth tackle the ethical responsibilities of higher education to address climate change and other critical environmental challenges.

This podcast was recorded on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307.

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Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE)
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Terry Tempest Williams: Coyote Clan
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OSU's Moore edits book on climate change
Details on Moore's recently released book, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril”
Charles Wohlforth website
Details on Wohlforth's two books, "The Whale and the Supercomputer" and "The Fate of Nature"