August marks the 70th anniversary of the use of nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even before those events, civil rights and anti-colonial activists were linking racial issues to anti-nuclear advocacy. We consider that history of opposition to the bomb from the likes of Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson and Malcom X and apply that historic context to the recent news of the Iran nuclear deal.
It’s a collision of scientific extinction and cultural oblivion. Half of all human languages may disappear in our lifetimes, along with the cultures, traditions and knowledge they express. Anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis shows us why we should be learning from ancient cultures before it’s too late.
- Wade Davis Anthropologist, biologist, ethno-botanist and author, "The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World" (House of Anansi, Toronto)
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