Read, then join us for a three-week book study led by Elder Chris Burger. Books are on back order, so you may have to download on Kindle. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion, even if you didn’t get to read the book.
Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature alerted us to global warming. But the danger is broader: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history — and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away. Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.
Unfortunately, this book is on back order. We have been encouraging participants to purchase an ebook version.
The book is divided into four parts, and Chris has copied and made available Parts 1, 2, and 4 through Dropbox.
Three articles are also available:
- “Christ as the Future Incarnate” by Rev. Michael Dowd, an additional resource that will be used in the discussion of Part 4 on May 18.
- “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” by Nathaniel Rich, which provides historical context (but will not be covered in our discussion).
- “Keeping and Healing Creation”, a document issued by the PC(USA) in 1989 which demonstrates that fact that Climate Change (then referred to as “global warming”) was identified early on, but little was done to address it.
Click here to hear a recent interview with Bill McKibben on NPR's "Fresh Air".
You might also be interested in a variety of articles by the author that were published in The New Yorker magazine.
Please note that Chris decided not to discuss Falter’s Part 3 that covers gene manipulation and artificial intelligence. This is not because these topics are not important, but because we cannot do these topics justice in the time allotted. Several people have asked if we can have a discussion on this Part at a later date, so we will consider doing so.