Devall, William
March 1994
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations;1994, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p137
Academic Journal
The article discusses the speech given by William Devall, a sociologist on the opening of the "Clearcut Education Project" at the Humboldt State University, Arcata in California. Positivist science could unlock the secrets of nature. By utilizing positivist science, technology, capital, and labor, within a capitalist organization of production nature could be made more efficient and productive. Industrial forestry and empire resourcism have been so successful that corporations based on this model are now literally going to the ends of the earth in search of wood chips to keep their mills in supplies. The modern, monoculture, management model centralizes power, destroys ecological, economic, and cultural diversity and impoverishes both local bioregions and the greatness of human imagination. Education for the twenty first century must help students in the process of discovering their sense of broader Self, understanding ecosophy, and developing an ethnic of responsibility. The clearcut education project therefore is one contribution to setting the new educational agenda for post-modernity.


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