The Anthropocene Project. An Encyclopedia

Science is an eternal experiment, an endless approach. Just as the letter Aleph in Jewish mythology marks the unbridgeable gap between man and God, humanity is left with their attempts to perfect creation and truth. When the Golem crumbles and other monsters occupy both fiction and reality—Frankenstein, Dracula, Aliens, epidemics, or viruses — it’s all about survival (a finite approach). In the meantime, social, ethic, aesthetic, political, and instrumental aspects interfere with research, results vary, or at least require interpretation. Never mind the refutations of the scientists themselves. What remains: set ups, experiments, experimentation. In the face of AIDS medicines, airports, internet and telephones, only cultural pessimists dare to be pessimistic. The others rather believe in trials, or try to, at least.