Don't Push This Button: Phoenician Sarcophagi, Atomic Priesthoods and Nuclear Waste

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The article discusses the impact of historical sciences, classical philology and religious studies on the field of “Nuclear Semiotics”, the scholarly discussion concerning communicating information about nuclear waste disposal into the far future. The author uses examples such as a Phoenician funerary inscription, the Antikythera Mechanism, ancient water power, and the reconstruction of mythology to shed light on problems inherent in such communication, especially in schemes such as Thomas Sebeok’s idea of a pseudo-religious “Atomic Priesthood” that would perpetuate the tradition about stored nuclear waste. The article also aims at pointing out some ways in which the “nuclear waste question” can make historians view their own field in new ways.
Titel på värdpublikationVetenskapssocieteten i Lund. Årsbok 2015
RedaktörerHenrik Rahm
FörlagVetenskapssocieteten i Lund
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-980551-4-6
StatusPublished - 2015


FörlagVetenskapssocieteten i Lund
ISSN (tryckt)0349-053X

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Religionsvetenskap


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