M.R. O’Connor on the Regenerative Power of Fire
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
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Andrew talks to M.R. O’Connor, author of Ignition: Lighting Fires in a Burning World, about the life-giving force of fire to regenerate nature.
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M.R. O’Connor is a journalist who writes about the politics and ethics of science, technology, and conservation. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atavist, Slate, Foreign Policy, Nautilus, UnDark and Harper’s. Her first book, Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things (St. Martin’s Press, 2015), was one of Library Journal and Amazon’s Best Books of The Year. Her second book, Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), is an exploration of navigation traditions, neuroscience, and the diversity of human relationships to space, time and memory. She is a graduate of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and was a 2017 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her partner and their two sons.