Good Gardeners of Planet Earth? The Vision of Silent Running (1972)

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Are humans fit to be gardeners of this planet? Today’s biotechnology companies promote themselves in distinctly utopian ways, but increasing numbers of people find their claims difficult to reconcile with the daily evidence of the damage that technologies like intensive agriculture have done to this planet. 

This lecture explores these notions through an examination of the film Silent Running (1972), which imagined gardens in space, in which the last remnants of Earth’s vegetation are preserved aboard gigantic spaceships.

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Jim Endersby, Gresham Visiting Professor of the History of Science. 

Professor Jim Endersby

Visiting Professor of the History of Science

Jim Endersby is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex.

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