Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

  

prompt:
we invite you not just to reflect on the story of human origins but also on the story of human futures that lies ahead of us. Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Posing such questions is an invitation to engage in an exercise of telescoping, of grappling with entangled questions of human pasts, presents and futures. Your essay, then, may be political, or philosophical, or rigorously scientific, or poetic. However you approach the essay, we ask that you centrally grapple with the complicated relationships between people and things and the webs of dependency between people and things that have been spun through human history and that, in the eyes of many, are now spinning out of control. You are asked to read and consider the arguments presented in Ian Hodder’s book entitled Where are We Headed: The Evolution of Humans and Things (2018) and also to respond, implicitly or explicitly, to Godfrey Reggio’s film Koyaanisqatsi (1982)