The Function of Reason and the Recovery of an Earthly Architecture

Click here to view this essay at the publisher's website, FunctionLab. The Function of Reason and the Recovery of an Earthly Architecture By Matthew David Segall, PhD June 2016 “[The] relatedness between us and the world…which begins to exist wherever there is living structure is as important in the sphere of building as it is [...]

Transcendental Earth: Thinking Horizontally with Deleuze and Guattari

Some other bloggers (AGENT SWARM and Time's Flow Stemmed, for example) have been been ruminating over this beautiful string of sentences from Deleuze and Guattari's What Is Philosophy?: Thinking provokes general indifference. It is a dangerous exercise nevertheless. Indeed, it is only when the dangers become obvious that indifference ceases, but they often remain hidden and [...]

Questions concerning the place of imagination in cosmology… (while reading Ed Casey and Catherine Keller)

“In my view the creation of the world is the first unconscious act of speculative thought; and the first task of a self-conscious philosophy is to explain how it has been done.” -Whitehead Four of us met a few days back to discuss the first 75 pages of Ed Casey's The Fate of Place: A [...]

Latour’s final Gifford Lecture – “Inside the Planetary Boundaries of Gaia’s Estate”

Whereas the Atlas of the scientific revolution could hold the globe in his hand, scientists of the Gaian counter-revolution, I am sorry to say, look more like ticks on the mane of a roaring beast. -Latour Who are the people of Gaia?: ...if the agent of geostory had to be the revolutionary humanity of the Marxist utopia...[that [...]

Latour’s 4th Gifford – “The Anthropocene and the Destruction of the Image of the Globe”

My summary: By 2016, the world's geologists will officially decide whether or not Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. From Latour's non-modern perspective, neither "nature" nor "society" can enter this new epoch unscathed. The theater of Modern history has been destroyed and must be re-constructed from scratch. Gone is the passive stage, [...]

Bruno Latour’s Gifford Lectures are underway: “Facing Gaia”

Bruno Latour is about halfway through his lecture series on natural religion. Videos of the lectures should be posted by the University of Edinburgh any day now. Here is a good review of lecture 3, titled "The puzzling face of a secular Gaia." I especially like Latour's neologism "geostory," meant to replace the bifurcated notion of [...]

Thinking With Whitehead: Science, Sunsets, and the Bifurcation of Nature

Thinking with Whitehead: The Scientific Revolution and the Bifurcation of Nature   The scientific revolution, beginning perhaps with Copernicus’ rediscovery of the heliocentric model of the solar system early in the 16th century, and culminating perhaps with Newton’s formulation of the laws of motion and universal gravitation towards the end of the 17th century, fundamentally [...]

Notes on the Occupation from the Mountaintop

I walked to the top of Grand View Park here in the Sunset district of San Francisco. I wanted to clear my head by ascending to the mountaintop, where place expands into space and time transforms into history. History, as we know it, has a beginning and an end. Civilizations, and the cosmopolitical habitats they [...]

A message to the heart of Wall St. A message to the heart of Wall St.: To the bankers, the executives, the shareholders, and the politicians, I do not want my money back. I will gladly give to Caesar what is Caesar's. I only want what is the earth's, what is the sky's, what is unowned and unownable. I did not invest [...]

Cosmos, Anthropos, and Theos in Harman, Teilhard, and Whitehead

Knowledge-Ecology has written a reflection upon finishing Graham Harman's new book The Quadruple Object. Adam writes that "OOO is greatly enriching our sense of cosmos, whilst (somewhat) impoverishing our sense of anthropos." I've had similar reservations about Harman's anthrodecentrism (if I may diagnose it): Harman and the Special Magic of Human Knowledge. Harman's is an ontology [...]