Techno-Utopianism's Fate

SOURCE: Koohan Paik (
SUBHEAD: In order to dominate, our language relating to nature and wilderness is disassociated and possessive.

By Tom Butler on  25 October 2014 for International Forum on Globalization -

Image above: Detail Sci-Fi illustrator Robert McCall's "The Prologue and the Promise" mural from the now-defunct Epcot Horizons pavilion. See also: ( From (

[IB Publisher's note: The website ( has audio of all the presentations at this "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth" series, including one by former Kauai resident Koohan Paik.]

Tom Butler was one of 45 leading scholars, authors and activists who convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the public presentation: "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth".

Speakers discussed the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. For more info, see

Video above: Presentation of FRED talk "The Language of Dominion" by Tom Butler. From (

Tom Butler is the editorial projects director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology and the volunteer board president of the Northeast Wilderness Trust, the only regional land trust in the northeastern U.S. focused exclusively on preserving forever-wild landscapes.

As author or editor his books include Monte León National Park, Corcovado National Park: Chile’s Wilderness Jewel, Plundering Appalachia, ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, and the award-winning Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition, a collaboration with photographer Antonio Vizcaíno, which celebrates forty extraordinary natural areas around the globe protected through private initiative.

His latest book, co-edited with Eileen Crist and George Wuerthner, is Keeping the Wild: Against Domestication of the Earth (Island Press 2014), an anthology of writings that considers how the “Anthropocene”-oriented vision for the future of conservation is strategically and ethically dubious.

Butler’s forthcoming book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (2015) is a large-format work that visually depicts the way the human numbers and behavior have transformed the Earth.


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