Almost three years ago, Steve Ramirez (neuroscience grad student at MIT) and I exchanged a few videos and blog posts about the scientific study of consciousness (see HERE for a run down). Ramirez began and ended our brief electronic debate convinced that I, like most other philosophers he's encountered, have developed a profound misunderstanding of [...]
A few excerpts from professor of human ecology Alf Hornborg's book The Power of the Machine: Global Inequalities of Economy, Technology, and Environment (2001). "We seem to have difficulties understanding exactly in which sense human ideas and social relations intervene in the material realities of the biosphere. Rather than continuing to appraoch 'knowledge' from the Cartesian [...]
Deleuze writes of Spinoza's epochal realization that we do not know what a body can do: Spinoza will engender all the passions, in their details, on the basis of these two fundamental affects: joy as an increase in the power of acting, sadness as a diminution or destruction of the power of acting. This comes [...]
I've been reading some of the theoretical biologist Robert Rosen's essays on the relationship between biology and physics and can't help but compare him to Friedrich Schelling. Rosen writes: [Contemporary physics embodies] a mechanistic approach to biological phenomena, whose only alternative seems to be a discredited, mystical, unscientific vitalism. [It] supposes biology to be a [...]
Something of a response to Levi Bryant/LarvalSubjects on "hylephobia." See also this post on the Astrality of Materiality.
Find the article in SubStance HERE. "Deleuze and Guattari’s mode of immanent critique is linked to the possibility of founding identities and collectivities which, because inherently relational and constantly in a state of becoming, can not be the subject of straightforward representation, whether in ontological or political discourse. I will argue that sorcery is an important reference [...]
Let's spend some time with Alan Watts. I recommend a decent dose of sour diesel just prior to pushing play. So then, is it true? Is the modern idea of consciousness--the so-called "me," my "I," the "ego"--a hallucination, a sort of muscle knot inside our forehead in sorry need of a meditative massage? Is our [...]