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"Geophilosophy" Enables Society to Deal With Realities of Next Century
Released: 10/27/1998

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Heidi Koehler 1-click interview
Phone: 303-236-5900 x302



Contemporary American society embraces certain belief systems of pioneer heritage, such as rugged individualism and freedom to do as we please, which result in expectations that leave us ill-prepared for the realities of complexity, risk, uncertainty and interdependence of the next century.

Christine Turner, a geologist with the USGS in Denver, Colo., will present "Contemporary Culture and the Need for a Geophilosophical Perspective" at the 1998 Geological Society of America meeting in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday, October 27 at 2:50 PM, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Room 718AB.

Turner’s presentation suggests that geologists can offer society a perspective gained from real-world complexity, uncertainty, risk, deep time, and a sense of aesthetics from being connected to the natural world. Philosophers enlarge the discussion of the "good life" to include a sense of community and responsibility. Turner has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Colorado and has worked as a USGS Research Geologist in Denver, Colo. for 24 years. Her specialty is integrated studies of sedimentary basins, and reconstruction of extinct ecosystems.

For an interview anytime between October 25 - 29, contact:
GSA Newsroom
416/585-3706 or 416/585-3707

For additional information after October 29, contact:
Christine Turner
303/236-1561
cturner@usgs.gov


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