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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USGS geophysicist Shad O'Neel investigates Alaska's volatile, calving glaciers

2011-04-28 by

Shad O’Neel studies Alaska’s volatile calving glaciers. In this short preview to his plenary session for the Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, O’Neel discusses the dramatic and fast-changing landscape of Alaska’s mountain glaciers, contrasts the dramatically differing behavior of Columbia and Harvard glaciers in Prince William Sound, and ponders whether Anchorage will need to search for a new water source as Eklutna glacier diminishes.

O’Neel’s talk at Classrooms for Climate is May 5, 11 a.m. in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded April 26, 2011.



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Shad O'Neel, USGS
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