Rocky Mountain Mason

RMM-Episode 012: Ante Meridian. On the History of the Longitude

June 24, 2020 orionsg8 Season 1 Episode 13
Rocky Mountain Mason
RMM-Episode 012: Ante Meridian. On the History of the Longitude
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RMM-Episode 012: Ante Meridian. On the History of the Longitude
Jun 24, 2020 Season 1 Episode 13
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In this episode, Ben reviews the history of the discovery of the longitude - a problem that  vexed humanity for a millennium. Eventually solved by John Harrison, who spent the majority of his life on the problem, the solution of the longitude marks an important moment in social history when mankind ceased to look to the majesty of nature for external inspiration, and instead turned his attention to the mechanisms of his own contrivance. This symbolic shift from the natural to the manmade represents the ascendency of the empirical method, the coming of the modern age, and the emergence of the Anthropocene. But also, perhaps, the loss of something much larger. 

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In this episode, Ben reviews the history of the discovery of the longitude - a problem that  vexed humanity for a millennium. Eventually solved by John Harrison, who spent the majority of his life on the problem, the solution of the longitude marks an important moment in social history when mankind ceased to look to the majesty of nature for external inspiration, and instead turned his attention to the mechanisms of his own contrivance. This symbolic shift from the natural to the manmade represents the ascendency of the empirical method, the coming of the modern age, and the emergence of the Anthropocene. But also, perhaps, the loss of something much larger. 

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