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Author: Kyle Hayden

Being against genome editing means being against capitalism

Wendell Berry, who has written extensively about the use and abuse of the land in the United States, has described the problem with genome editing better than I could. When asked about genome editing, Berry said: “The inevitable aim of industrial agri-investors is the big universal solution. They want a big product that can be marketed everywhere. And the kind of agriculture we’re talking about that leads to food security and land conservation is locally adapted agriculture. And they can’t do that. Industrial agriculture plants cornfields in Arizona; locally adapted agriculture says, what can we fit in this place...

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What we talk about when we talk about climate change

Being a reasonable person is becoming a radical position. Having a conscience is becoming an activity for insurrectionists. If you agree with any of the following, look out, you might be put on some kind of watch list of people who trust scientific consensus. We now live in a geologic era known as the Anthropocene: “The age of humans.” Coming from geologists, this is not congratulations for a job well done. The International Union of Geological Sciences has confirmed: human industrial activity has altered; even at nearly undetectable levels the geology of the planet. Among the other detritus (steel,...

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Flying into a whole-earth death sentence

Kyle Hayden, Columnist Learning to die in place is hard. To get some perspective, I floated up above the clouds and smoke stacks at 540 MPH. I was in what we call a jetliner, cruising. I always choose the window seat if I can because if we go down I’d like to at least get an interesting view while everyone else sits screaming for themselves. Help yourself before assisting others. This is flight: an underpaid alcoholic in the cockpit hardly watching us plow into the sky, playing with lives. They think they’re in control. Bored, helping us destroy geography, the pilot is speeding to see his girlfriends in Atlanta while his family jaunts around clueless in some asphalted Houston suburb (it could be Shenandoah, could be The Woodlands — they are all indistinguishable). We’re up there, grunting at 30,000 feet, the steel bird squeaking and flexing in the unknown turbulence. The violence of an indifferent earth waits in ripples of uneven air to break us into bits. Passengers watch TV shows, headphones planted in their skulls, doing damage they won’t know until age 60. The folks in the cabin are too unaware of the uniqueness of this era to even be bothered to look out the window. They are unaware of the thinness of the aluminum above their heads and the frailty of the atmosphere even further up. In...

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A reprise for “The Age of The Laptop”: Getting beyond techno-optimism for a simple future

By Kyle Hayden, Columnist First off, I’d like to acknowledge that we made many errors in the writing of “The Age of the Laptop” (published December 2 in The Student, page 7) — spelling and mechanical errors, mostly. We stand by what we said. But we have received comments indicating the readers want more. What are the solutions? Where to go from here? My primary question going forward is: can you resist if it seems our entire culture is headed in the same direction? That is, our schools and institutions are symptoms of the values retained by a dominant...

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The age of the laptop

Reliance on information technology is stunting meaningful liberal education By Kyle Hayden and A.J. Newberry, The Miami Student About three months ago you could spot  first-years pretty easily. Whether they had on a tie-dye shirt, messy haircut or they were simply making a lot of noise, it was charming to see so much personality on our perfectly manicured campus. But what happened when the dust settled, when these students were wrested into groups and classrooms and given a list of courses they “must” take? Miami University has an art school (in fact we have two): the College of Arts...

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