A parasitic louse that crawls into your mouth, vampirizes your tongue, then clamps itself onto the withered stub so it can ride around inside you and drink your mucus for the rest of your mutual lives? Why, yes. It’s called symbiosis and it’s beautiful.
What? Relax. It’s going to be fine. This isn’t going to hurt. You won’t even miss your tongue—once the louse is latched onto the muscle, you can simply use its body as a tongue instead. These are exactly the kind of details that evolution has worked out for you, because evolution loves you and it wants you to be all right.
Epochs last an awfully long time. We’re talking millions of years. Well, some scientists are kicking around the idea that the earth has entered a new one. Technically, we’re still in the Holocene period. But perhaps, these scientists say, humans have so influenced the direction of the planet that we should think of this as a new epoch called the anthropocene. Check out the above video for a visualization of this idea.
In connection with the NPR Cities Project today, NPR Blogger and astrophysicist Adam Frank suggests that the anthropocene is really the epoch of the city. Just look at the east coast from way up in an airplane, he says.
The Ship Spotter Club Dread Accursed Primer Volume 1.
An abbreviated introduction to the ideas and ideals shared between members and friends of the Ship Spotter Club. The quotes, essays, stores and poems contained within cover the period March 14, 2010 - November 21, 2011.
Available in Hardcover or Softcover. Let me know if you’d like a copy.
Given the difficulty inherent in securing rights to all of the sourced material, this primer will not be available after this initial pressing.