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019_ Conversation: shores, tides, and the incomprehensibly complex ocean between

05 February, 2021 - 3 min read

019_ Conversation: shores, tides, and the incomprehensibly complex ocean between

Hey there, thank you for tuning into _bandwidth: coast to coast. I’m a fan of metaphor and analogy, one doesn’t have to pay attention to me for very long to see that.

Despite my overuse of David Foster Wallace, or any other statement that proceeds my saying, “It’s like…” What I am most interested in, and what I most want to produce with this show, are explorations of the places in which metaphor, analogy or even words fail to be suitable synthetic models.

That statement can mean any number of things, but let’s narrow the lens for the purposes of this episode, to just the synthetic label of the Anthropocene, or our current scientific age.

An age carved in innumerable ways on every square inch of the surface of the earth, air chemistry and composition of our oceans.

The ecological collapse and changing to the entire lifesystem of our planet that gets summed up into a the two word synthetic label, climate change, is actually, as my guest perfectly puts it, inexplicably complex.

What we can do about it, is, as anything that happens when humans with our social culture enters the chatroom, become inexplicably complex, spawning innumerable emergent problems.

Problems, that we don’t see until they finally become big enough to measure their negative impact.

Or, like the disappearing salt marshes in New Jersey, are back up against a metaphoric wall with our only options being to perish or persist.

Unlike the salt marshes though, our wall is built in the inexplicable world of ideas, not built of concrete and condos.

All too often, we struggle with the incomprehensible scale of a problem, instead of focusing on the numerous small, comprehensively simple solutions.

Perhaps, that’s our nature.

And perhaps, if we better know our nature, we can better solve for it and an innumerable set of other scenarios.

These are some of the ideas that come up in this fun, free flowing conversation with Joshua Lord, Assistant professor of Biology at Moravian College, helps break down how a changing climate and air chemistry is affecting the oceans.

Professor Lord is a fantastic educator and scientist in Marine Ecology, Invertebrate Zoology, Climate Change, Invasive Species, Competitive and Predator-Prey Interactions.

We cover a lot of topics, from what ocean warming means for ecosystems, how coral reefs can still thrive in a warming or rising ocean, a different way to look at thriving in the Anthropocene, and thoughts around the real difficulty in explaining something complex and detailed.

If you want to learn what more carbon in the air chemistry does to the ocean, what the coral is as an organism, why they’re dying or bleaching white, look no further.

Enjoy, and qqqquuuuueue the ocean.

-J.R.

This was an excerpt from the intro essay to _bandwidth: coast to coast

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