Sunday, June 27, 3:00 pm. Talk by Margaret McFall-Ngai on the microbial world.
Margaret McFall-Ngai was one of the key presenters at an Anthropocene Conference in Santa Cruz last year. The 2-day conference brought together leading scientists and thinkers in the humanities to discuss the "art of living on a damaged planet." The opening talks were by Donna Haraway and Margaret McFall Ngai.
In a blog about the conference Deborah Rose Bird wrote:
"Margaret McFall-Ngai gave a fantastically engaging presentation on microbiology. In the past six years or so, she said, microbiology has been undergoing a revolution. To take an example that is up-close and personal, it is now possible to say that a human being is 90% microbes. This is such a strange thought: that the being one thinks of as one’s self is only 10% one’s self. The rest are other creatures who live with us, and who in some sense are us. It is difficult to know in what sense an individual is an individual: we are all chimeras, we are plural and symbiotic, we are animals in a bacterial world. It follows that all the damage and all the impacts that are altering the microbial world have the capacity to include us (humans) in the on-going devastation. It may be that we are changing the microbiotic world in such a dramatic way that it will collapse. If so, we’ll all go together because we all are together far more intimately than could possibly have been suspected until recently."
Margaret McFall-Ngai has agreed to give the talk she gave at the Anthropocene Conference at Revolution Books on the 27th. Save the date, and more info will come later.