Bruno Latour’s “Facing Gaia”

I'm sharing two lectures recorded for my online course this semester, Process and Difference in the Pluriverse. In these two modules, we are studying Latour's recently translated book Facing Gaia. Chapters 1-4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GbyVd1TnSU& Chapters 5-8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehSKBds7RdE    

Unnecessary Mechanism: A Reply to R. Scott Bakker

"The machinery of the brain does all the work–after all, what else is there? What [Cain] calls ‘thinking of science in normative terms’ is a mechanistic enterprise, something our brains do. Since metacognition is all but blind to the mechanistic nature of the brain, it cognizes cognition otherwise, in nonmechanical, acausal, magical terms. Normative judgements, intentional relations, and so [...]

The Danger of Scientism? (response to Benjamin Cain)

Go read Benjamin Cain's fascinating and tightly argued essay posted at Three Pound Brain (the blog of author R. Scott Bakker). Below is my comment to him: That was a thoroughly enjoyable read.   I agree with what may be your most important conclusion: that the real danger “we” face as auto-poetic “minds” is that [...]