Yogi Hale Hendlin

Environmental Philosopher & Public Health Scientist

Dr. Yogi Hale Hendlin is Sustainability Lead in the Design, Impact and Technology (DIT) platform, core faculty of the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative, and assistant professor in the Erasmus School of Philosophy, all at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Yogi also serves as Research Associate in the Environmental Health Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco.

Yogi’s futurist visions have been profiled in Happinez magazine (NL) and at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Yogi’s extensive and diverse research of industrial epidemics – how the industrial model’s goods now come with disproportionate bads, undermining our environment and threatening our democracies and health – has been reported on by the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic, TIME, and hundreds of other news outlets. As Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary philosophy of biology journal Biosemiotics, Yogi thrives learning about the insane complexity of life, agency, consciousness, and interspeciality.

Detoxing from Human Enhancement
The silver bullet approach of tech-based human enhancement misses the forest for the trees. The constant need to be hooked up to some drug or machine is absurd, wasteful, and classist, and is only for the few, not the many. Instead of adding more stuff to our already obese regime of technological intrusion, we need to de-armor from those things making us stupid: detoxing not just our bodies, but much more importantly our environments from heavy metals, toxic chemicals, pesticides, and pollutants which are lowering our IQ, EQ, and driving us towards human de-evolution and planetary dysbiosis. If it is intelligence we seek, we need to voyage to the ecological patterns which compose us, inside and out. Welcome to the paradigm of Planetary Health. Welcome to the future.