[NetBehaviour] // Project announcement: The Extinction Gong //
sondheim at panix.com
Tue Nov 14 16:51:49 CET 2017
Hi, it depends on the calculation; from what I gather, extinction rates
had reached 3-4 an hour. It's unclear how many species there are; take
fungi for example - very few are known percentage-wise and one book I have
estimates the total will be somewhere around 30,000,000. As Science News
also points out, it's unclear at times, given hybridization and rapid
development (some species have branched in a few decades), what
constitutes a species in the first place.
In any case, these stats, whichever are used, are horrifying, especially
when you consider the fact that every species ultimately goes back
billions of years...
On Tue, 14 Nov 2017, marc.garrett via NetBehaviour wrote:
> // Project announcement: The Extinction Gong //
> The Extinction Gong is a ceremonial automaton for the Sixth Mass Extinction,
> the human-induced process of planet-scale biological annihilation first
> recognised by scientists in 2014.
> Taking the form of a large traditional 'Chao Gong' its rear-face is fitted
> a mechanism that beats to the rhythm of species extinction, estimated by
> biologist E.O. Wilson to be about 27000 losses a year, or once every 19
> The significance of this figure (and those like it by other scientists)
> be overstated: for millennia the average 'background rate' of (plant, animal
> insect) species extinction has been between 1 and 5 a year, right back to
> 5th Extinction that took the dinosaurs 65M years ago.
> Should biologists declare a new species extinct while the Extinction Gong is
> active it will receive an update via a 3g link and perform a special
> four strikes in quick succession alongside a text-to-speech utterance of the
> Latin Name of the species lost, resonating through the gong.
> Seen at its front, the Extinction Gong hangs in a large metal frame and
> the stark neo-primitivist image of the Extinction Symbol, the official mark
> the Sixth Mass Extinction. Seen from the back however it is a work of
> engineering, complete with mallet, electro-magnet, audio transducer,
> computer and 3g downlink. This diametric expresses a brutal and
> irony - while advances in science and technology augment the devastating
> of human endeavours over wild habitats, so are they our best means of
> and understanding it.
> Globally warm regards,
> Julian Oliver
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> Marc Garrett
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