Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Genesis: Dominion and the Environmental Crisis of our Time (Part 1 of 2)

A new discovery: Steven Ounanian. I am going to keep my eye on this young man. This is just the tip of the iceberg of his fascinating way of looking at things. Hint: he's an Andy Kaufman fan, and he fitted up a bicycle with tracking technology, and left it to be stolen, then created a bell curve of honesty out of the experiment.

Is the Bible to blame for an over-heated, over-crowded world whose fate hangs in the balance in Copenhagen? Sir David Attenborough caused a small uproar when he told the journal Nature that the Book of Genesis, with its instruction to go forth and multiply and have dominion over the earth, had encouraged human recklessness. In two arresting visual essays by a young American film-maker, Steven Ounanian, we hear an alternative view from a range of scholars, philosophers and commentators. Taking friendly issue with Attenborough, they offer their own readings of the Creation story, with all its subtle messages about humans, nature and knowledge.

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