Between metaphors and measurement

Laura Jane Martin has a nice piece over at Scientific Americandiscussing how the metaphor of the “ecological footprint” compares to others, say, of the “ecological handprint.” I always enjoy thinking about the sorts of issues that arise when we measure things. The ecological footprint is, of course, the metaphor for conveying a particular way of accounting in ecological terms the throughput required for certain lifestyles and, at that, one recently critiqued as I mentioned previously here.

David Grinspoon reminded us (over twitter) yesterday that he spoke to similar issues in his Sagan lecture at about 36:00.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: