Fear of a Bland Planet

Smoke billows from machinery at a road construction site in Bhutan, December 14, 2017. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
Global capitalism talks about diversity and multiculturalism, but we are all modernizing toward conformity.


arwin’s Arch, the magnificent rock formation near the Galápagos Islands, collapsed last month. It took millions of years of erosion, and then gravity finished the work instantly. It was witnessed by a handful of divers on a nearby ship, Galapagos Aggressor III. What’s left over is being renamed “the Pillars of Evolution.” Why not “Darwin’s pillars”? Probably because Darwin is problematic now. Far safer to name things after the pitiless laws of nature, which cause every poorly adapted beast to disappear from the face of the earth forever.

The world is always disappearing. And faster than you think. The British writer …

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