"Academia" 1/2018: Consumption Jakub Ostałowski (www.jakubostalowski.com)

Write: ALEKSANDRA BILEWICZ, AGATA GĄSIOROWSKA, JUSTYNA CYBULSKA, ZOFIA BONI, AGNIESZKA KLOCH, AGNIESZKA SIRKO, ŁUKASZ PIĄTKOWSKI, JAN GOLONKA, KRZYSZTOF OWOCKI, ZOFIA SZWEDA-LEWANDOWSKA, NAOMI MANDEL, NATALIA and PIOTR TRZONKOWSCY, JAN MARCIN WĘSŁAWSKI, ROBERT NIEDŹWIEDZKI, WŁODZIMIERZ ZAWADZKI

 

From the Editors

What If We Simply Had Less?

Consumption, the dictionary tells us, refers to using up, eating or expending a resource. The days when we consumed only what we absolutely needed to survive are long a thing of the past. Today many people want to have as much as possible of everything – irrespective of whether they actually need it or not.

The most popular argument cited against this accusation is that today’s manufacturers fill the market with so many attractive products that people no longer really know what their actual needs are. Especially since possessions are now an exponent of social status. And instead of putting money away for our old age, we prefer to spend it on another object. If it actually serves a purpose and is durable, perhaps that makes some kind of sense. But all too often, it frequently swiftly reverts to what it truly was from the very beginning: just another useless thing.

The Earth’s resources are swiftly being consumed by our civilization, to produce objects and foodstuffs whose usefulness is at the very least debatable. Scientists have been warning for a long time that the planet is becoming increasingly barren, while at the same time – no matter how exiting our futuristic visions may be – we really do not have anywhere else to go. It therefore seems that if humanity does not come to grasp the meaning of the word “moderation,” it will sooner or later most likely become a perfect consumer in the purest sense: eating up everything, even itself.




 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Table of Contents:

 

ALEKSANDRA BILEWICZ
Cooperativism A Dream Forgotten | download

AGATA GĄSIOROWSKA
Finance Money to Burn, But No Change to Spare | download

JUSTYNA CYBULSKA
Food Technology Demystifying Those E Numbers | download

ZOFIA BONI
Food Anthropology The Trouble with Sweet Buns | download

AGNIESZKA KLOCH
Nutrition The Benefits of Self-Restraint | download

AGNIESZKA SIRKO
Biology Preparing for Death | download

ŁUKASZ PIĄTKOWSKI
Technology Capturing the Invisible | download

JAN GOLONKA
Paleogeography The Birth and Death of a Big Pond | download

KRZYSZTOF OWOCKI
Paleobiology The Scoop on Fossil Feces | download

ZOFIA SZWEDA-LEWANDOWSKA
Demographics Trapped Inside a Double Cheeseburger | download

NAOMI MANDEL
Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) Truth as a Reflection of Fiction | download

NATALIA and PIOTR TRZONKOWSCY
Playing Cops vs. Outlaws | download

JAN MARCIN WĘSŁAWSKI
Ecology Wise up or Die Out | download

ROBERT NIEDŹWIEDZKI
Palaeontology The Benefits of Playing With Rocks | download

In the Lens
The Land of Smell, Taste, and Touch | download

WŁODZIMIERZ ZAWADZKI
Foundlings | download

 

 

 

 

 

 

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